Blairmore, Alberta: Canada’s First Communist Town Council

The coal-mining town of Blairmore, Alberta elected a slate of Mine Workers’ Union nominees to town council in 1933β€” resulting in Canada’s first communist town council. With Mayor Bill Knight at the council’s helm, they would proceed to implement a range of substantive measures. They gathered fame for abolishing Remembrance Day and replacing it with October Revolution Day, naming the park after Karl Marx, and renaming main street “Tim Buck Boulevard” (after the Communist Party’s leader). On the centenary year of the Communist Party of Canada, Team Advantage explores this rare instance of “red municipalism” in Canada.

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