Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science


Political Science, General.




This paper traces the historical creation and development of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) as an advocate of the interests of small-medium sized business in Canada. The evolution of the CFIB is assessed from its inception as the Canadian Council on Fair Taxation to fight the 1969 White Paper on Taxation to its current position in the 1990's. Paul Pross's theory of institutionalization is used as a theoretical framework for analysing the development of the association. Essentially, this thesis seeks to determine the degree of institutionalization that has occurred in the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in accordance with Paul Pross's framework. The primary research question that has been addressed in this paper is: Has the CFIB achieved institutionalization in its development as an advocate of the interests small--medium sizes business interests in light of Paul Pross's continuum framework? In assessing the institutional development of the CFIB various elements of the association are explored. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .P66. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0394. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.