The History of Canada Series: The Destiny of Canada: Macdonald Laurier And The Election Of 1891 Paperback – Apr 17 2012
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"An in-depth, rollicking study of the epic confrontation between Sir John A. Macdonald and Wilfred Laurier." - Gazette (Montreal)
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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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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.