The author and academic Gordon Hak discusses his new book, The Left in British Columbia: A History of Struggle (Ronsdale Press, 2013), with Joseph Planta.
|The Left in British Columbia: A History of Struggle by Gordon Hak (Ronsdale Press, 2013).
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
There’s a new book out that if you’re an avid follower of politics, especially the British Columbia variety, you’ll want to go get. It’s called: The Left in British Columbia: A History of Struggle. It’s a comprehensive look at the left in this province, its influences, its personalities, its successes and its failures. In it, we get a sense of what makes the left such a vital part of the discourse on this side of the world, as well as its challenges in terms of getting power or gaining influence. That’s not to say it doesn’t have influence, but throughout the last century or so, it’s been as the subtitle says, a struggle. The book’s author Gordon Hak joins me now to talk about the significant ideas and personalities that have defined the left, as well as give us a sense of where the left is today, and where the province is headed. Gordon Hak is an award winning author of two books on the history of the forest industry and left wing politics. He is a professor of history at Vancouver Island University. This book is published by Ronsdale Press. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Gordon Hak; Professor Hak, good morning.