Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique
This is an account of the issue of dated stamp scrip in Alberta in 1936. The data were gathered a year later, and the scantiness of the information then available has resulted in important gaps which cannot be filled. But for several reasons it has seemed desirable to attempt a description and explanation of what happened. First, there is general interest in the actions of the present Alberta government, the only Social Credit government which has been elected to office in any country. The second reason is the paradox that the Social Credit government's first monetary innovation was not the installation of Social Credit, but the adoption of a rival monetary reform, the dated stamp money of Gesell. Thirdly, the interest of many people, including the monetary theorists, J. M. Keynes and Irving Fisher, in the economic ideas of Gesell seems to make an investigation of the Alberta episode worth while, even though Gesell's device was not introduced in exactly the manner he would have adopted. Fourthly, the prevalence in our time of many types of movements for monetary reform calls for as much documentation as possible of what is actually done. Finally, the economic problems of the Prairie Provinces are persistent enough to justify a record and analysis of each type of solution which is offered.
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