Dominion Communist–Labor Total War Committee

Tim Buck at a meeting in Maple Leaf Gardens

The Dominion Communist–Labor Total War Committee was a 1942 referendum on conscription (see Conscription Crisis of 1944).

The Communist Party had been banned in May 1940 soon after the outset of William Kardash was elected president at a conference of 1,500 members.

The Committee organized pro-war rallies, including a 2 to 3,000 strong assembly in Montreal, to support the war effort and encourage trade unionists and progressives to enlist in the military.

The campaigning in support of the war helped change public opinion towards the Communists and resulted in the government's release of Communist leaders being held in detention. In 1943, Labor-Progressive Party as a legal public face.


  • The Left in Canada during World War II
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