Mike Starr had a remarkable career in Canadian politics. In June 1957, he was appointed Minister of Labour in John Diefenbaker's cabinet and created a sensation, especially among Canadian ethnocultural groups. He made political history as the first Ukrainian Canadian appointed to federal cabinet. As Minister of Labour, Starr was faced with numerous national problems, including seasonal unemployment, regional disparities, union negotiations and emerging militant nationalism in Quebec. When the Diefenbaker government was defeated in the 1963 federal election, Starr returned to his earlier role as Member of Parliament. With the changing Canadian political environment, he was defeated by a tiny margin in the 1968 federal election. Starr continued his distinguished career of public service from 1968 to 1980. He promoted the increasing involvement of ethnocultural groups in Canada political life. In recent decades, it has become a political norm to have members of various ethnocultural and visible minority groups elected to the House of Commons, and appointed to Cabinet and other senior government positions. For breaking this barrier, Mike Starr was indeed a pioneer in Canadian politics.
Myron Momryk is a retired archivist from Library and Archives Canada where he worked in the Multicultural Archives Program for twenty-five years. Prior to this tenure, he was the History Officer in the Multiculturalism Directorate, Department of the Secretary of State (now Heritage Canada).
Abstract Resume Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: The Early Years Chapter 2: Oshawa Municipal Politics 1944-1952 Chapter 3: Election Campaign for Ontario Riding, 1952 Chapter 4: Member of Parliament, 1952-1957 Chapter 5: Appointment as Minister of Labour, 1957 Chapter 6: The 1958 Federal Election Chapter 7: Minister of Labour, 1958 Chapter 8: Minister of Labour, 1959 Chapter 9: Minister of Labour, 1960 Chapter 10: Minister of Labour, 1961 Chapter 11: Minister of Labour, 1962 Chapter 12: Politics in Ontario Riding, 1962 Chapter 13: Minister of Labour in a Minority Government, 1962-1963 Chapter 14: The 1963 Federal Election Chapter 15: Member of Parliament and House Leader, 1963-1965 Chapter 16: The 1965 Federal Election in Ontario Chapter 17: The Leadership Race, 1967 Chapter 18: The 1968 Federal Election Chapter 19: Public Service, 1968-1973 Chapter 20: Public Service, 1973-1988 Chapter 21: Final Years and Mike Starr's Legacy Bibliography