Revival and Change: The 1957 and 1958 Diefenbaker Elections
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Sales Date: 2022-11-01
Available: November 2022
296 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, 15 b&w photos, 4 maps, 3 charts, 8 tables
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Revival and Change is a compelling account of the elections, accomplishments, challenges, failures, and ultimate end of the Diefenbaker era.
The Liberals had been in office for two decades when the 1957 election was called and were widely expected to win another majority government. But new Conservative leader John Diefenbaker completely overshadowed his opponents. Highlighting Liberal arrogance, Diefenbaker seized the opportunity that television and boisterous, supportive rallies offered to present his vision of a new Canada. He was ultimately victorious. A second election in 1958 resulted in a landslide victory, with the Liberals reduced to their smallest number of seats since Confederation, the CCF reduced to eight seats and losing its leader, and Social Credit wiped out completely. It was a rout never before seen in Canadian history.
Revival and Change is the story of those elections, the government and opposition they produced, the issues that defined the government, and the era’s legacy in Canadian politics and society.
Foreword: Turning Point Elections ... and the Case of the 1957 and 1958 Elections / Gerald Baier and R. Kenneth Carty
1 On the Cusp of Change
2 The Parties Heading into the 1957 Election
3 The Players in 1957
4 The Issues in 1957
5 The 1957 Campaign
6 A New Parliament, a New Leader, and Another Election
7 Challenges, Failures, Defeat, and Regrouping
9 Turning Point for the Parties and the Party System
Appendix 1: List of Key Players
Appendix 2: Timeline of Events
Appendix 3: Data Tables
Notes; Suggestions for Further Reading; Index