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Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin (Extraordinary Canadians)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published December 14th 2011 by Penguin Global (first published October 5th 2010)
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Janet Kellough
Feb 26, 2013 Janet Kellough rated it it was amazing
Absolutely vital to understanding how politics in Canada developed. Two underrated Canadian heroes.
Nov 17, 2010 Cow rated it really liked it
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Excellent biography of two of the founding philosophers of Canada--and two of the people who did so much of the early heavy lifting in creating it.

If you've read John Ralston Saul's previous book, A Fair Country, what's also neat about this book is seeing how he's developed his argument in that book through these figures and through history. It would be interesting to see another historian's take on all this -- is he finding confirmation in the foundation of Canada for his theories on what makes
Jeffrey  Sylvester
Jan 09, 2011 Jeffrey Sylvester rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Interesting historical dynamic in Canada, and the British revisionist history we are all used to is a bit sad. Great writing style, and I'd say a must for any proud Canadian.
Marc Lapensée
Nov 08, 2010 Marc Lapensée rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about Canadian History. Easy to read
Jack Coleman
Jun 16, 2014 Jack Coleman rated it it was amazing
I was given this book took read by a fellow book club member and was absolutely astounded by what I didn't know about Canadian History and history in my own back yard!!
I was enthralled by the accomplishments of these two brave men in spite of the Orange order and Family Compact. Every Canadian should know about these men and their accomplishments.
These men deserve poems songs and Accolades,please read this book if you are Canadian.
Aug 12, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
Thank you Mr. Saul for reminding me that Canada has interesting history; that Canada has great historical figures, these two being among the greatest; that Canada is indeed exceptional in the world. Lafontaine and Baldwin were men decades, if not a full century, ahead of their time. They, along with Governor General, Lord Elgin, are the true fathers of democracy in Canada.
Feb 18, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
Probably the most important popular book on Canada published in the last decade.

I bought ten copies as Christmas presents the year it came out.

Understanding Canada requires a bit of detective work - this book is a great place to start.
Jul 26, 2014 Jeff rated it it was amazing
One of the most important books on the history of Canadians ever written. Every school should make this a part of their Canadian History curriculum.
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John Ralston Saul is a Canadian author, essayist, and President of International PEN. As an essayist, Saul is particularly known for his commentaries on the nature of individualism, citizenship and the public good; the failures of manager-, or more precisely technocrat-, led societies; the confusion between leadership and managerialism; military strategy, in particular irregular warfare; the role ...more
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