The History Of Canada Series: The Destiny Of Canada: Macdonald Laurier And The Election Of 1891

Paperback | April 17, 2012

byChris Pennington

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Everyone knew it would be Sir John A. Macdonald’s last campaign. His Conservative Party had dominated Canadian politics since Confederation. His National Policy, which protected Canadian manufacturers from foreign competition, was well established. And there remained widespread affection for the “Old Man.” The Liberal leader, Wilfred Laurier, was new in the job and doubted that a Roman Catholic from Quebec could win votes outside his home province. Still, the Liberals had hope. Macdonald’s decision to hang Louis Riel had split the country, the economy was in the doldrums, and there was growing support for free trade with the United States.

Author Christopher Pennington vividly brings to life the 1891 election, one of the most bitterly fought in Canadian history. In this richly textured narrative, Pennington spins an action-packed tale of a country poised to make a momentous choice and of nineteenth-century politics at its most principled and its most corrupt.

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Everyone knew it would be Sir John A. Macdonald’s last campaign. His Conservative Party had dominated Canadian politics since Confederation. His National Policy, which protected Canadian manufacturers from foreign competition, was well established. And there remained widespread affection for the “Old Man.” The Liberal leader, Wilfred L...

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.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.32 × 0.96 inPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143052829

ISBN - 13:9780143052821

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"An in-depth, rollicking study of the epic confrontation between Sir John A. Macdonald and Wilfred Laurier." - Gazette (Montreal)