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Lafontaine Baldwin Lectures [Paperback]

John Ralston Saul , Alain Dubuc , George Erasmus , Erasmus Saul


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Book Description

Sept. 10 2002
The brainchild of John Ralston Saul and the Dominion Institute, the annual LaFontaine Baldwin Lectures have quickly become the national symposium for Canadians to gather as citizens and reflect on the future trajectory of our democracy.

A volume of collected lectures is scheduled for publication every third year. The first volume of the lectures includes essays by John Ralston Saul, Alain Dubuc and Georges Erasmus. Mr. Saul's essay traces LaFontaine and Baldwin's idea of "responsible government" and applies it to the issues of today. Mr. Dubuc argues that Canada has its own brand of nationalism that is as entrenched and ingrained as Quebec nationalism. And in the third and final essay, Mr. Erasmus discusses how Aboriginals envision Canada.

The book includes the text of a discussion between the three men concerning Canada's founding cultures and the future they are forging together, and is prefaced with an introduction by Rudyard Griffiths, Executive Director of the Dominion Institute.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada; 1 edition (Sept. 10 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143012185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143012184
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #937,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alain Dubuc is the president and editor of the daily newspaper Le Soleil. Under his leadership, the pages of Le Soleil have become a must-read for those concerned with the interplay of economics, ideas and politics in Quebec. Previous to running Le Soleil, Mr. Dubuc served as the éditorialiste en chef at La Presse in Montreal, where his own writings won the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Commentary in 2000.

Georges Erasmus has made a lifelong contribution to the welfare and community of Canada's Aboriginal peoples. From 1976 to 1983 he served as the president of the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories / Dene Nation. He was subsequently elected as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations for two consecutive terms. In 1996 he co-chaired the groundbreaking Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He currently leads the Aboriginal Healing Foundation as president and chairman.

John Ralston Saul's philosophical trilogy—Voltaire's Bastards, The Doubter's Companion and The Unconscious Civilization—has had a growing impact on political thought in many countries. The conclusion to this trilogy, On Equilibrium—an exploration of the six qualities of the new humanism—is a persuasive and groundbreaking exploration of the human struggle for personal and social balance.

Mr. Saul has written five novels, including The Birds of Prey and The Field Trilogy. These works deal with the crisis of modern power and its clash with the individual. Like his non-fiction, his novels have been translated into many languages.

He has received many national and international awards for his work. The Unconscious Civilization won the 1996 Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction as well as the Gordon Montador Award for Best Canadian Book on Social Issues. His reinterpretation of the nature of Canada, Reflections of a Siamese Twin, also won a Montador Award and was chosen by Maclean's magazine as one of the ten best non-fiction books of the twentieth century. His novel The Paradise Eater won the Premio Lettarario Internazionale in Italy. Most recently he received the Pablo Neruda Medal in celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Neruda's birth.

Mr. Saul was born in Ottawa and studied at McGill University and the University of London, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1972.


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