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The History of Canada Series: The Destiny of Canada: Macdonald Laurier And The Election Of 1891 Paperback – Apr 17 2012


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (April 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143052829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143052821
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #358,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An in-depth, rollicking study of the epic confrontation between Sir John A. Macdonald and Wilfred Laurier." - Gazette (Montreal)

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER PENNINGTON holds a doctorate in history from the University of Toronto. He specializes in the history of Canadian politics and foreign relations, loves teaching, and has taught at U of T, Ryerson University, and Trent University. He lives in Pickering, Ontario, with his family.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 15 2013
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The election of 1891 is not a particularly remembered one in Canada, but Pennington does a pretty convincing job of showing us why we should remember it. The election is noteworthy for being the last election for Sir John A Macdonald and the first election for Wilfrid Laurier. But the content of the election itself is quite fascinating. This is the first election where a free-trade option with the U.S. was on the table and the rhetorical guns were out blazing. Words like "traitor" got thrown about. Dirty tricks got played.

However, Pennington also tells us of the election that could have been fought, and was not, over race & religion, between French-speaking Canada & English-speaking Protestant Canada. The fact that this sort of issue was not allowed to take over, but that free trade (annexation) was put out front and center was symptomatic of the Canadian experiment, and showed where the country was heading for better or worse - a more tolerant society that refused to indulge in drawing divisions based on race & religion. The fact that Wilfrid Laurier survived his first election as a credible candidate for prime minister was a sign of more to come.

A fascinating book about an overlooked story in the Canadian past.
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By M Hardie on Nov. 27 2014
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Well written, well organized. A facinating window into the times, personalities and issues of a pivotal but ignored election.
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