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Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation
by Mary Janigan
The oil sands. Global warming. The National Energy Program. Though these seem like modern Canadian subjects, author Mary Janigan reveals them to be a legacy of longstanding regional rivalry. Something of a "Third Solitude" since entering Confederation, the West has long been overshadowed by Canada's other great national debate: but as the conflict over natural resources ...more
ebook, 299 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Knopf Canada
(first published January 1st 2012)
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I think this is a great book that thoroughly explains the origins of the west vs. east mentality of Canada. I especially liked how the author contrasted personal entries and letters of high rank politicians with the everyday accounts of ordinary citizens who were being affected by their policies. That being said, I don't think people realize how dramatic Canadian politicians are, and this book definitely reveals that the founding fathers of our confederation could be as petty as mean girls. ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Thomas Isern rated it really liked it · review of another edition
The title is marketing puff, intended to entice readers by making them think the book is about late-twentieth-century energy policies in Canada. In fact, the period treated is from 1870 to 1930, when Canada transferred control of natural resources to the prairie provinces. The work is a serious historical treatment of the long tug-of-war over such resources, closing with the bittersweet achievements of Mackenzie King. The profiles of western premiers also are good, but the provincial grounding ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Joe Kapraszewski rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Canadians, Prairie People, History Buffs
Really good history book that didn't read as a dry history book, but a lively discussion of the issues between the Prairies and the rest of Canada, mostly land and mineral rights. What I enjoyed the most is that the book showed the western wants and the reasons why the rest, especially the Maritimes, were resistant to the western demands. I was engrossed in the battle for the rights and found myself understanding more about the prairie world view that I got a taste of when I was in Regina in ...more
I must say that I was disappointed by the scope of this book. When the title is a quote from the NEP era and the sub is "the West versus the Rest since Confederation" it seems odd that it essentially stops at 1930. The story of the battle for provincial control of natural resources is an interesting one but I was hoping for a book that covered the ongoing story through the more recent issues of western alienation.