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Code Politics

Campaigns and Cultures on the Canadian Prairies

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Code Politics

Campaigns and Cultures on the Canadian Prairies

Politics on the Canadian prairies are puzzling. The provinces share common roots, but they have nurtured three distinct political cultures – Alberta is Canada’s bastion of conservatism, Saskatchewan its cradle of social democracy, and Manitoba its progressive centre. Jared Wesley explains this paradox by examining the rhetoric employed by dominant parties to renew their provinces’ political code – freedom for Alberta, security for Saskatchewan, and moderation for Manitoba. Although the content of their campaigns differed, leaders from William Aberhart to Tommy Douglas to Gary Doer have employed distinct codes to ensure their parties’ success and shape their provinces’ political landscapes. 


320 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword by Nelson Wiseman

Introduction: Cultures, Campaigns, and Codes

1 The Prairie Paradox: Explaining Cultural Difference

2 Politics over Time: Explaining Cultural Persistence

3 Campaigns in Alberta: A Code of Freedom

4 Campaigns in Saskatchewan: A Code of Security

5 Campaigns in Manitoba: A Code of Moderation

Conclusion: Decoding Prairie Cultures

Appendix

Notes

References

Index

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