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.