The Canadian Press

1981-05-23 | David-Lewis-Obit

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Former federal NDP leader David Lewis died. Canadian Press reporter John McKay had this report.

Date: 1981-05-23
Placeline: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 105 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << David Lewis with the last of a long string of skilled socialist or doors that led birth the CCF the matrix after the New Democratic Party born opposed you in nineteen oh nine Lewis came from a family of political activists led Europe in the nineteen twenties he became secretary of the old PC up in nineteen thirty six the job he held for two years without pay you didn't spend twelve years as national secretary working its way up birth to them be in nineteen sixty two and eventually to replace Tommy Douglas as party leader in nineteen seventy one was this time of glory in Canadian politics came the following year one of NDP Rafael the balance of power in the minority group government his labeling of big business of corporate welfare bums became a by word for the seventy two campaign by seventy four Lewis thought he'd run all the confession possible out of the liberals and felt no shame at all and dumping the government on a budget of then finance minister John Turner I'd really hard and I think we have to do what we did died the we could incompetent aboard the budget and we weren't going to the board the government wanted for you does this kind of I'll be inadequate my dad got doesn't serve the people either on the cost of living are on so that it had to be Lewis lost his own seat in an indie be white but in seventy four replaced as party leader by a broadband but it's ringing oratory is still remembered on Parliament Hill a typical David Lewis story involves the young socialist application for a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford back in nineteen thirty one his interview was with the president of the Canadian Pacific Railway Sir Edward BB when asked with first step would be if he were elected prime minister without batting an eye Louis replied nationalized the CPR you still got the scholarship this is John McKay enough to walk >>

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