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1933: Communist Town


Like many Canadian industrial towns in the 1930s, Blairmore had sympathies with Communism. Canada’s first Communist town council and school board were elected in Blairmore in 1933, which reformed the tax system, and refused to observe Remembrance Day as an Imperialist holiday and honoured the Russian Revolution instead.

A street was named after the leader of the Communist Party of Canada, Tim Buck, a decision that was reversed by the next town council.

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