Mike Starr of Oshawa

Mike Starr of Oshawa : A Political Biography

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Mike Starr had a remarkable career in Canadian politics. In June 1957, he was appointed Minister of Labour in John Diefenbaker's cabinet and created a sensation, especially among Canadian ethnocultural groups. He made political history as the first Ukrainian Canadian appointed to federal cabinet. As Minister of Labour, Starr was faced with numerous national problems, including seasonal unemployment, regional disparities, union negotiations and emerging militant nationalism in Quebec. When the Diefenbaker government was defeated in the 1963 federal election, Starr returned to his earlier role as Member of Parliament. With the changing Canadian political environment, he was defeated by a tiny margin in the 1968 federal election. Starr continued his distinguished career of public service from 1968 to 1980. He promoted the increasing involvement of ethnocultural groups in Canada political life. In recent decades, it has become a political norm to have members of various ethnocultural and visible minority groups elected to the House of Commons, and appointed to Cabinet and other senior government positions. For breaking this barrier, Mike Starr was indeed a pioneer in Canadian politics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 171 x 241 x 17.78mm | 504g
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • English
  • 31 Illustrations, black and white; 8 Illustrations, color
  • 0776625918
  • 9780776625911

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Early Years
Chapter 2: Oshawa Municipal Politics 1944-1952
Chapter 3: Election Campaign for Ontario Riding, 1952
Chapter 4: Member of Parliament, 1952-1957
Chapter 5: Appointment as Minister of Labour, 1957
Chapter 6: The 1958 Federal Election
Chapter 7: Minister of Labour, 1958
Chapter 8: Minister of Labour, 1959
Chapter 9: Minister of Labour, 1960
Chapter 10: Minister of Labour, 1961
Chapter 11: Minister of Labour, 1962
Chapter 12: Politics in Ontario Riding, 1962
Chapter 13: Minister of Labour in a Minority Government, 1962-1963
Chapter 14: The 1963 Federal Election
Chapter 15: Member of Parliament and House Leader, 1963-1965
Chapter 16: The 1965 Federal Election in Ontario
Chapter 17: The Leadership Race, 1967
Chapter 18: The 1968 Federal Election
Chapter 19: Public Service, 1968-1973
Chapter 20: Public Service, 1973-1988
Chapter 21: Final Years and Mike Starr's Legacy
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Review quote

Through politics and cultural performances, different communities engage and confront the hegemonic state in different ways. Both Perogies and Politics and Mike Starr of Oshawa show the role that politics and culture has played in the Canadian Ukrainian community. While Rhonda Hinther looks at the history of the Ukrainian left in Canada, from its struggles to its successes, Myron Momryk looks at the political career of one Ukrainian man, Mike Starr, and what his career meant for the larger postwar Ukrainian community.
Reviewed along with Rhonda L. Hinther: Perogies and Politics: Canada's Ukrainian Left, 1891-1991 (University of Toronto Press)--Katelyn Arac"Volume 99, Issue 4, December 2018" (12/01/2018)
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About Myron Momryk

Myron Momryk is a retired archivist from Library and Archives Canada where he worked in the Multicultural Archives Program for twenty-five years. Prior to this tenure, he was the History Officer in the Multiculturalism Directorate, Department of the Secretary of State (now Heritage Canada).
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