Woodsworth, James Shaver

Woodsworth, James Shaver,

1874–1942, Canadian politician. Having done social welfare work while serving as a Methodist minister, he later gave up the ministry to devote himself wholly to labor and welfare causes. Supported by the Independent Labour party, he entered the Canadian House of Commons in 1921, remaining a member until his death. When the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (see New Democratic partyNew Democratic party
(NDP), Canadian political party, founded in 1961 when the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) reorganized itself and entered into close ties with Canadian labor unions, especially the Canadian Labor Congress (CLC).
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) was founded (1932) he became chairman of its national council and its parliamentary leader.


See biographies by G. MacInnis (1953) and K. W. McNaught (1959).

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