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Extraordinary Canadians: Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert

Authors: Saul, John Ralston
Publisher: Penguin Canada
BISAC/Subject: BIO010000, HIS006000, HIS006010
ISBN: 9780143178743, Related ISBNs: 0143055895, 0143178741, 0670067326, 9780143055891, 9780143178743
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 272,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: Canada has no better interpreter than prolific writer and thinker John Ralston Saul. Here he argues that Canada did not begin in 1867; indeed, its foundation was laid by two visionary men, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. The two leaders of Lower and Upper Canada, respectively, worked together after the 1841 Union to lead a reformist movement for responsible government run by elected citizens instead of a colonial governor.

But it was during the "Great Ministry" of 1848—51 that the two politicians implemented laws that created a more equitable country. They revamped judicial institutions, created a public education system, made bilingualism official, designed a network of public roads, began a public postal system, and reformed municipal governance. Faced with opposition, and even violence, the two men— polar opposites in temperament—united behind a set of principles and programs that formed modern Canada. Writing with verve and deep conviction, Saul restores these two extraordinary Canadians to rightful prominence.

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