Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin

Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, as leaders of Lower and Upper Canada, respectively, worked together after the 1841 Union to lead a reformist movement for responsible government. But it was during the “Great Ministry” of 1848-51 that the two politicians created a more equitable country by revamping judicial institutions, creating a public education system, designing a network of public roads, beginning a public postal system, and reforming municipal governance. Faced with opposition, and even violence, the two men united behind a set of principles and programs that formed modern Canada. Some descriptions of violence. 2010.

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 government run by elected citizens instead of a colonial governor.

But it was during the ‘Great Ministry’ of 1848 – 51 that the two politicians implemented laws that created a more equitable country. They revamped judicial institutions, created a public education system, made bilingualism official, designed a network of public roads, began a public postal system, and reformed municipal governance. Faced with opposition, and even violence, the two men – polar opposites in temperament – united behind a set of principles and programs that formed modern Canada. Writing with verve and deep conviction, Saul restores these two extraordinary Canadians to rightful prominence.

Title: Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin
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ISBN: 0670067326,9780670067329
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Biography & Autobiography / Political
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Pages: 253
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