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By John Ralston Saul

Canada has no higher interpreter than prolific author and philosopher John Ralston Saul. right here he argues that Canada didn't start in 1867; certainly, its starting place used to be laid by means of visionary males, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. the 2 leaders of reduce and higher Canada, respectively, labored jointly after the 1841 Union to steer a reformist circulate for dependable executive run through elected electorate rather than a colonial governor.

however it was once in the course of the "Great Ministry" of 1848—51 that the 2 politicians applied legislation that created a extra equitable state. They remodeled judicial associations, created a public schooling method, made bilingualism legit, designed a community of public roads, started a public postal process, and reformed municipal governance. confronted with competition, or even violence, the 2 males— polar opposites in temperament—united in the back of a suite of rules and courses that shaped glossy Canada. Writing with verve and deep conviction, Saul restores those outstanding Canadians to rightful prominence.

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