The Municipal Reform Movement in Montreal, 1886-1914

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The Municipal Reform Movement in Montreal, 1886-1914
Abstract
The author sets out to prove that Montreal's turn-of-the-twentieth-century municipal reform movement arose out of a desire of the city's richer wards to control municipal politics. He argues that the first phase of the reform movement was to break the political machine that relegated most public works to the poorer wards. Calling for an end to extravagance and dishonesty, the reform movement took on a party form. The second phase of the reform movement was its anti-trust period, as it fought against the gas, electricity and tramway companies' monopoly over these utilities. The third phase focused on ward politics. The movement launched a Royal Commission to prove that Montreal was in the hands of a corrupt administration, which resulted in the reformers winning complete electoral victory. However, once in power, the reformers were unwilling to serve the interests of the city's majority working class population and, by 1914, were defeated. Includes accounts of the roles played by English-speaking Montreal businessmen, newspapers, and the Board of Trade.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
University of Ottawa
Place
Ottawa, ON
Date
1972
Language
en
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Citation
Gauvin, Michel. “The Municipal Reform Movement in Montreal, 1886-1914.” Master’s Thesis, University of Ottawa, 1972. http://www.ruor.uottawa.ca/en/bitstream/handle/10393/21906/EC55653.PDF?sequence=1.
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