(10) As a result of Aberhart's failure to implement monetary reform and the behind the scenes tinkering of Douglas, the Douglasite faction of backbenchers revolted against the party leadership, threatening to topple the government.
At the party's first provincial conference Aberhart acquiesced to the demands of the Douglasite faction and brought on Hargrave to advise the party in implementing monetary reform.
(7) He had also been an advocate of Social Credit; and indeed 'The Intellectual and Liberty' was revised as a Douglasite
tract of 1935, Essential Communism, and reprinted the same year in The Social Credit Pamphleteer.
When it met in April, the Democratic state convention fractured, with 275 of the 600 delegates walking out in support of President Buchanan and assembling a state convention of their own in June which looked like becoming "strong enough to cripple the energies of the Douglas party." Even within the Douglasite
convention, there was "trouble in several of our representative districts in guarding against the danger of local questions, and personal rivalries that have to some extent endangered the Success of our cause." Nor was the Republican state convention which met in Springfield on June 16, 1858, entirely an example of smooth political sailing.
Citizens delighted in assembling, parading, discussing, heckling, even brawling, and, most revealingly, providing their own blunt encapsulations of the debates in their banners and badges--like the embroidered inscriptions worn by a group of Douglasite
young ladies: "White Men or None."
Eliot Janeway, a zealous Douglasite
as well as personal friend, tried to convince him that his judicial image and that of the Court would not be harmed with a Douglas draft for office.
Her social centre is with the liberal business people and professionals of Weyville, the core of the local Labour Party, and, through Kit, she reaches to the ruling elite of Wellington (as far as Rex Gamble, a second-rank Douglasite
It was widely said that it marked the final abandonment of social credit principles as well as practice." (9) Offering a broader perspective on the purge's effects, Walter Young states that by the 1960s, "[t]here were some who still believed fervently in Douglasite social credit doctrine--and some of these were even in government.
Silencing vocal proponents of the movement's Douglasite ideology did not eradicate the ideas behind the ideology.
Lange sought to weaken the influence of the Douglasites
by reshuffling his Cabinet, but this did little to prevent guerrilla warfare breaking out.
But Hesketh is careful to decouple the Douglasites
from the party's two major Alberta leaders, William Aberhart and Ernest Manning.
He is clear, however, that the people running Alberta were Douglasites
, who mainly disagreed with Douglas' identification of the conspirators with a single ethnicity and with Douglas' less than whole-hearted commitment to parliamentary democracy and peaceful change.