Saskatchewan's 1944 CCF Election
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The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation remained in power until 1964. In their near 20 years in power, they transformed Saskatchewan. Hospital insurance set the stage for Medicare. Rural Saskatchewan received dependable electrical and telephone service. Access to education was improved as thousands of communities received their own high school. The government also tried to increase economic activity though nationalization and the promotion of cooperative enterprises. The CCF was successful, and one of the main tenets underlying its success was its willingness to work within the political and economic traditions of Saskatchewan.

Portrait of T.C. "Tommy" Douglas 36

T.C. Douglas and cabinet 37

Main Accomplishments of the CCF in its Early Years:

  • Crown Corporations Act
  • Saskatchewan Timber Board
  • Saskatchewan Government Airways
  • Saskatchewan Transportation Company
  • Saskatchewan Hospitalization Plan
  • Advances in rural electrification
  • Consolidated school units
  • Saskatchewan Arts Board
  • Bill of Rights
  • Women eligible for jury duty
  • Broadcast of Legislative Debates
  • Free treatment for cancer; use of cobalt therapy

Cover of pamphlet outlining CCF government achievements 38

Election flyer, pointing to "promises kept" 39

Pamphlet documenting a Toronto newspaper view of the CCF government, 1946 40

Pamphlet soliciting writers for the Saskatchewan Commonwealth 41

"A government to keep" 42

Program for the 1946 national CCF convention 43

Delegate's ribbon, 1950 CCF convention 44

"This was promised.this has been done!" 45

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