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David Lewis says farewell at the 1975 NDP convention

The Story

David Lewis delivers his farewell speech to delegates at the New Democratic Party convention in Winnipeg in 1975. In this excerpt from the CBC television special, he speaks of his deep roots in the socialist movement, beginning with his childhood observations of the power of democracy in Russia during the Polish-Bolshevik war of 1919. That led to his desire, as an adult, to work through politics “to help society give people who need help the help they need.”

Broadcast Medium: Television
Program: News Special
Guest: David Lewis
Broadcast Date: July 5, 1975
Duration: 15:27

Did You know?

• David Lewis was born David Losh on June 23, 1909, in Svisloch, Russia. He died in Ottawa on May 23, 1981.  

• During his tenure as leader of the NDP, the party held the balance of power in the Liberal minority government of 1972-1974. During that parliamentary session the Foreign Investment Review Agency (later Investment Canada, in 1985) was formed, along with Petro-Canada.  Also with the support of the NDP, during that parliamentary session, a national affordable housing strategy was introduced, as well as pension indexing.

• Lewis made his mark as a critic of big business and deferred taxes. Watch him speak on the topic during the 1972 federal election campaign.


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