Clip from film “Common Cause: the Story of the Operation Solidarity Coalition”. Produced in 1984 by Barna-Alper Productions, National Union of Provincial Government Employees and Operation Solidarity. Shared with permission of Lazlo Barna.
Narrator [00:00:00] Solidarity brought a different message to the convention.
[00:00:05] Outside in the streets, British Columbians continued to affirm their opposition to the Government’s intention to turn back the clock. Sixty thousand people marched through the streets of downtown Vancouver. Once again, huge numbers of citizens turned out to speak for the quality of life the government planned to destroy. As they passed the convention site at the Hotel Vancouver, people’s frustration with the inaccessibility of government and bitterness about its callousness surfaced in exchanges with So. Cred. Delegates.
Teacher, on film [00:00:34] And I teach. I teach 170 kids a week. You bastards are cutting me back like you wouldn’t believe.
Voice in background [00:00:41] Where in the hell did you serve?
Teacher, on film [00:00:42] And you make me puke. I’m not going to talk about it anymore. I’m sick of talking with a bunch of fascist idiots. You pea brain.
Social Credit Delegate, on film [00:00:53] I’d like to see a society run by people like you, here in this crowd. Wouldn’t that be a great place to live, eh? When would you open up your camps? When would you open your camps? Good luck in the next election! Good luck!
Crowd singing: We shall overcome today. Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe we shall overcome today.