…. ‘TIM BUCK’ Boulevard.
On my previous blog post Spirit of the Crowsnest: The story of unions in the coal towns of the Crowsnest Pass I got to thinking about our proud political and labour heritage here in the Crowsnest and how despite having all sorts of ‘societies’ e.g. Heritage Initiatives, Crowsnest Historical Society, Crowsnest Museum, etc., etc. none do us justice in this regard. Sure they are always raising money to put up monuments to some disaster or other, or to preserve some building or other, or to glorify rum runners (criminals?), etc., but none that I can think of that glorifies real political and labour heroes like the Blairmore Communist Council we had back in the thirties (Canada’s only ever democratically elected communist council) or the legendary labour leader Tim Buck. These were real heroes for their times and should be recognized as part of our proud history, yet we have no lasting monuments or memorials here in the Crowsnest to recognize them as such.
Many people today who have benefited handsomely from the blood, sweat and tears, and in some cases the lost life’s of these ‘socialists’ owe their present day good fortunes and comforts to the sacrifices these people made on their behalf. I’m thinking of teachers, municipal employees, mine workers, etc. all earning good livings in comparison to most, because of people like those I mentioned above, who today are looked down upon and mostly forgotten. Sadly, the acts of hypocrites and carpetbaggers, or ungrateful, ignorant fools.
Anyhow, I think we should recognize our past and in fact promote it to our advantage, much like the Town of Vulcan does with their Star Trek theme. We can start by renaming Main Street Blairmore back to its former name ‘TIM BUCK’ Boulevard. What do you think? Let me know if you want to hang with me… as a ‘commie sympathizer’, or not? :-)
Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.