The Constant Liberal

Pierre Trudeau, Organized Labour, and the Canadian Social Democratic Left

Christo Aivalis

  • Published: 2018. Paperback December 2018
  • Subject Listing: History / Canadian History; Politics
  • Bibliographic information: 292 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Pierre Elliott Trudeau - radical progressive or unavowed socialist? His legacy remains divisive. The Constant Liberal traces the charismatic politician's relationship with the left and labour movements throughout his career. Christo Aivalis argues that Trudeau was in fact a consistently classic liberal, driven by individualist and capitalist principles. This comprehensive analysis showcases the interplay between liberalism and democratic socialism that defined Trudeau's world view - and shaped his use of power. The Constant Liberal suggests that Trudeau's leftist activity was less a call for social democracy than a warning to fellow liberals that lack of reform could undermine liberal-capitalist social relations.
Christo Aivalis is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Toronto.

1. Trudeau, Socialism, and the CCF, 1945-58
2. Trudeau, Organized Labour, and Liberal Democratic Society, 1945-58
3. The Rassemblement, the UFD, and the New Party, 1956-61
4. Trudeau, the Liberals, and the NDP, 1960-68
5. The Limits of Trudeau's Tax Reform and Poverty Reduction
6. FIRA, the NEP, and Economic Democracy
7. Inflation and Wage and Price Controls
8. The New Society, Tripartism, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Conclusion: Trudeau's Legacy and Life after Politics