No matter where you enter the history of Canada - through
exploration, politics, business, education or literature -- you
find that the Scots and their descendants have played a leading
role. Today, almost five million Canadians identify themselves as
Scottish, and their influence is felt throughout the land. Starting
with his own deep roots in Scotland and early Canada, Ken McGoogan
has created a lively, entertaining narrative that focuses on more
than sixty Scots who have led the way in shaping this country.
Early arrivals included explorers Alexander Mackenzie, Simon
Fraser and the "Scotch West Indian," James Douglas. Later, Scots
such as Lord Selkirk and John Galt encouraged thousands to
immigrate. Nation-builders followed, among them John A. Macdonald,
James McGill and the reformer Nellie McClung. Then came the
visionaries, Scottish Canadians such as Tommy Douglas, Doris
Anderson and Marshall McLuhan, who have turned Canada into a nation
that revels in diversity.
McGoogan commemorates the first settlers to land at Pictou, Nova
Scotia, and celebrates such hybrid Canadians as the Cherokee Scot
John Norton, Thérèse MacDonald Casgrain and the kilt-loving John
George Diefenbaker. He honours the war contributions of Scottish
Canadian regiments, and he toasts Sir Walter Scott and the beloved
Robbie Burns. Beautifully illustrated and handsomely packaged,
How the Scots Invented Canada is an exuberant celebration
of the building of a nation.