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Profiting the Crown: Canada's Polymer Corporation, 1942-1990

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"During 1943-45, the Polymer Corporation produced the rubber necessary to keep Canada in the war. Later, as the cornerstone of Canada's "chemical valley" in Sarnia, Ontario, Polymer exported its products all over the world, generating remarkable profits for the Crown and becoming the earliest example of Canadian state capitalism. Profiting the Crown shows how Polymer dexterously achieved a duality of function as a successful public and economic enterprise." Matthew Bellamy tells the compelling story of Polymer's wartime creation, including C. D.
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Overview

"During 1943-45, the Polymer Corporation produced the rubber necessary to keep Canada in the war. Later, as the cornerstone of Canada's "chemical valley" in Sarnia, Ontario, Polymer exported its products all over the world, generating remarkable profits for the Crown and becoming the earliest example of Canadian state capitalism. Profiting the Crown shows how Polymer dexterously achieved a duality of function as a successful public and economic enterprise." Matthew Bellamy tells the compelling story of Polymer's wartime creation, including C. D. Howe's crucial role in its founding, the company's post-war development, and its ultimate denationalization.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773532014
  • Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew J. Bellamy is lecturer in economics and history, Carleton University.
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Table of Contents

1 Poor by nature : rubber, industry, and the seeds of polymer science to 1939 3
2 "Almost a miracle" : the birth of the Canadian synthetic rubber industry - from experimental dream to industrial reality, 1942-1945 23
3 For the country at war and the country at peace, 1945-1951 57
4 The prosperous years, 1951-1957 : chemistry, consumers, and the great god - car 87
5 Worldly wise : growth and multinationalization, 1958-1966 119
6 Decade of discord : diversification and denationalization, 1967-1977 147
7 Back to basics, 1978-1990 183
Conclusion : poor by nature, rich by policy - state intervention and Polymer Corporation Ltd 213
App. 1 Financial statistics for Polymer Corporation 225
App. 2 Polymer's senior personnel 229
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