The Happy Warrior: Political Memoirs by Donald MacDonald, Howard Hampton, Desmond Morton
Originally published in 1988, this revised and expanded edition of Donald C. MacDonald’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.
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.