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sociologist, if reliance is placed upon only those facts which come to be reported by the historian. What this 288 The Developing Canadian Community can mean is the building up of a body of sociological generalizations on the basis of comparison when what is being compared is not really comparable. Efforts to examine over a period of time reaching back into history the relation of social class to voting behaviour afford an example of the hazards involved in this type of comparative soci- ological analysis. Here the sociologist approaches his task with a fairly good idea of

, within the provincial sphere, the personnel of the cabinet and the legislative programme of the government, and by giving to the constituency associations control, in the federal sphere, of the voting behaviour of Alberta members of Parliament, a form of government was devised which promised to destroy party discipline and bring to an end cabinet domination over the legisla- ture. The significance of such a development lay in its effect in weakening the influence of Ottawa in Alberta. By breaking from the federal party system, and by undermining the whole system of