Donald C. MacDonald led the Ontario New Democratic Party and its predeccesor, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, from 1953 to 1970, and continued to represent the Toronto riding of York South until 1982, when he resigned the seat to make way for future-premier Bob Rae.
The Happy Warrior
Originally published in 1988, this revised and expanded edition of Donald C. MacDonaldâ€™s acclaimed memoirs provides an inside look at provincial politics in Ontario through the eyes of a party leader. Dubbed "the Happy Warrior" by Tommy Douglas, MacDonald led the Ontario CCF/NDP for seventeen years, and continued to sit in the Legislature for twelve years after stepping down as party leader. During his political career, MacDonald played a significant role in the rise of the CCF/NDP, and provided a strong voice for the left wing in the Legislature. He also witnessed and criticized various scandals that plagued ruling parties.
"Offers a cautious but nonetheless clear critique of the Rae government from 1990-1995, which blasted the hopes of many social democrats, and raised the defensive abilities of others to new levels."