David Blocker


Thesis Title

  • 'To Waffle to the Left': Canada's New Democratic Party and New Left during the Long Sixties

Supervisor

  • Prof. Keith Fleming

Second Reader

  • Prof. Robert Wardhaugh

Main Research Interests

  • 20th century Canadian political history, political parties, social movements, public protest and business and labour history.

Publications

  • “Waffling in Winnipeg and London: Canada’s New Left and the NDP, 1965-75,” in Party of Conscience: The CCF, The NDP, and Social Democracy in Canada, ed. Roberta Lexier, Stephanie Bangarth, and Jon Weier (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2018).

Conference Papers

  • “Waffling in Winnipeg and London: Canada’s New Left and the NDP, 1965-75,” paper presented at Social Democracy and the Left in Canada: Past, Present and Future, Mount Royal University, May 2017. 

    “Solidarity Forever? Canadian Left Nationalists, the Texpack Strike and the Challenge of International Unionism,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Ottawa, May 2015. 

    “Public Ownership of the Land: The New Left, the New Democratic Party and the Saskatchewan Land Bank, 1970-1982,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Brock University, May 2014. 

    “Feminism, Socialism and Nationalism in Canadian Left Politics, 1969-1974,” paper presented at Great Lakes History Conference: ‘Born in Revolution’: History, Gender and the Power of Conflict, Grand Valley State University, October 2012. 

    “‘A Necessary Evil’: Doctors’ Response to Health Insurance, 1942-45,” paper presented at Western University Graduate Student History Conference: ‘Taking the Fire from the Altar of the Past’, Western University, September 2011.

Archival Travel

  • Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; Hamilton, ON; Regina, SK; Saskatoon, SK; Vancouver, BC.

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