Sanders' 'Captive Canada' is an exceptional piece of research that successfully
interweaves a number of related stories some of which stretch over a hundred
years. I'm thinking, for example of the oppressive roles of the Church and the
State with respect to the indigenous peoples. Another is the roles of various
revered leaders of the social gospel movement together with the RCMP in hounding
out more radical elements of the left from its midst, a variation of which
combined much later to expel the Waffle movement from the New Democratic Party.
"Sanders' research uncovers the strenuous efforts to protect Canada from being
contaminated with, let alone captured by, dangerous thoughts and actions."
Cy Gonick is publisher and founder of
Canadian Dimension magazine, Canada's
oldest socialist and now ecosocialist magazine. Cy was the only avowed member of the
(Movement for an Independent Socialist Canada)
during during his term as an NDP member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
He taught at the University of Manitoba and was program coordinator for the
Labour and Workplace Studies Program, and retired in 2001.