Winnipeg: A Social History of Urban Growth 1875-1914 by Alan F. J. Artibise

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They had no representatives whatever in the position of mayor or controller and out of a total of 515 aldermen elected only 21. Moreover, of these only a few can be considered as consciously representing the labour point of view. The first labour alderman, C. Hislop, was elected in 1896 and served only two terms. R. J. Shore was elected in 1910 and served four terms, and R. A. Rigg was an alderman in 1914. All three of these men had firm connections with organized labour in Winnipeg. Hislop was nominated by the Trades and Labor Congress and ran as their candidate, as was the case with Shore.

Accordingly, habits of community life, an attention to the sharing of resources, and a willingness to care for all men, were not much in evidence in Winnipeg's struggle to become a "great" city. Rather, the most noteworthy aspect of Winnipeg's history in this period was the systematic, organized, and expensive promotion of economic enterprise by public and private groups within the city. Private businessmen, and business organizations such as the Board of Trade, were continually successful in their attempts to persuade the municipal corporation to improve and expand the commercial environment of Winnipeg with public commitments and at public expense.

He was also connected with many other organizations which promoted athletic activities. Mayor Waugh was a Liberal and a Congregationalist and a member of the Traveller's Club. Although he lived in Ward 3 for a time, he was a resident of the more prestigious Ward I when elected mayor. Of some significance was the fact that Waugh was married to Harriet Lillie Logan in 1892. Miss Logan was the daughter of Alexander Logan, who 32 "Big Men, Come Together with Big Purpose" was four times mayor of Winnipeg and one of the honoured pioneer settlers of the city.

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