Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation Hardcover – Nov 6 2012
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A Maclean’s Best Book 
WINNER 2013 – John W. Dafoe Book Prize for Non-Fiction
FINALIST 2012 – Donner Prize
LONGLISTED 2014 – RBC Taylor Prize
“Entertaining and informative…. Janigan’s technique of focusing on this crucial 1918 conference is effective…. Mary Janigan knows politics and how they play out in federal-provincial relations. A well-regarded journalist and a former Globe and Mail editorial writer, she has covered many federal-provincial conferences…. Janigan’s eye for detail extends to context as well as personality…. The North today, like the West in 1930, wants control over its land and resources. Janigan’s book is a blueprint for how this last vestige of Canadian colonialism can be ended.”
—The Globe and Mail
“Timely relevance to the issues that are as ever present as they were in the 1870s…. The author meticulously explores Canada’s history and how the fight for resource control is traced back to Confederation.”
—Rocky Mountain Outlook
“Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark is a necessary and timely addition to the ongoing debate around the current rise of the West and its conservative brand of politics.”
“A very interesting and readable book.”
—The Chronicle Herald
“Mary Janigan has done all Canadians a service with her exhaustive, but never exhausting, dissection of the fight for control of land and natural resources in the West.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“An entertaining history of Western alienation in Canada, more than ever an important and little-understood driver of national politics.”
“Does more than explain the region’s ongoing alienation. It explains just about everything you need to know about how Canadians think about one another.”
About the Author
MARY JANIGAN is a journalist who has written extensively about Canadian public policy, including politics and economics, for the Toronto Star, Maclean's and the Globe and Mail. She has won the prestigious Hy Solomon award for policy analysis, and the National Newspaper Award for her clause-by-clause scrutiny of proposed Constitution changes. She has never lost her curiosity, and she has always wanted to understand how the blunders and triumphs of the past complicate the present. She lives in Toronto, but travels as much as she can, at the flicker of a passport.
Top Customer Reviews
Janigan identifies the early 1900s as the pivotal point in the struggle between the Western provinces---Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan and best known as the Gang of three---and the federal government. The position of the Western provinces was that they should have control of their own resources, not the federal government. The other provinces, naturally and understandably, argued that if the federal government caved in to the Western demands, then they should be awarded, or have transferred to them, what they called "a proportionate allowance".
In supporting her central position, Janigan skillfully and in detail describes many events that led up to, and resulted from, the struggles between the Western provinces and the federal government, known today better as federal-provincial relations.Read more ›
Intelligent, cogent, insightful and thoroughly researched; Mary Janigan explains why we all feel the way we do towards our brothers and sisters across our country.
From Robert Borden on, Ms Janigan gives us an in detail and lucid look at the facts, decisions, economics and emotions throughout the years about the players, the gamesmanship and the ways that the human condition has brought us to this point.
This is a wonderful read, with a flow and pace that make it hard to put down.
The bottom line, for me at least, from reading this book is that it is time for us all to cut each other some slack.
Most recent customer reviews
Great book for our book club's consideration of Canadian federal-provincial government relations - one of three our group has chosen for our next meeting.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Subsequent events in Canadian politics show this book for what it really is: a warning, a time capsule of Conservatives' hubris and disconnect right before their giant fall. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
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