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Canada's founding debates /
edited by Janet Ajzenstat ... [et al.].
edition
Paperback ed.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2003.
description
x, 502 p. : ill., facsims., maps, ports. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0802086071
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2003.
isbn
0802086071
catalogue key
4836286
 
Gift to Victoria University Library (cop. 2). Wilson, Joyce. 2008/07/23.
Includes bibliographical references in "Afterword On Books" (p. 477-482) and index.
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Reviews
Review Quotes
'Canada's Founding Debatesis a pretty wonderful book ... There is lots here for thoughtful Canadians to chew on.'
'[Canada's Founding Debatesshould be in the library not just of every serious student of Canadian history, but of every serious citizen.'
'The debates are exciting. Their quality is high. The passion of the speakers shines through ... If you need to be reminded that constitutions, institutions, and the ideas they embody are passionately debated because they shape the way a political community lives, then you should thank Ajzenstat and her colleagues for the immense labour they put into the magnificent project that produced Canada's Founding Debates.'
'The editors are to be commended for producing such a splendid book.'
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Summaries
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Canada's Founding Debates is about Confederation-about the process that brought together six out of the seven territories of British North America in the years 1864-73 to form a country called Canada. It presents excerpts from the debates on Confederation in all of the colonial parliaments from Newfoundland to British Columbia and in the constituent assembly of the Red River Colony. The voices of the powerful and those of lesser note mingle in impassioned debate on the pros and cons of creating or joining the new country, and in defining its nature. In short explanatory essays and provocative annotations, the editors sketch the historical context of the debates and draw out the significance of what was said. By organizing the debates thematically, they bring out the depth of the founders concern for issues that are as vital today as they were then: the meaning of liberty, the merits of democracy, the best form of self-government, the tension between collective and individual rights, the rule of law, the requirements of political leadership, and, of course, the nature of Canadian nationality. Canada's Founding Debates offers a fresh and often surprising perspective on Canada's origins, history, and political character.
Main Description
Canada's Founding Debatesis about Confederation-about the process that brought together six out of the seven territories of British North America in the years 1864-73 to form a country called Canada. It presents excerpts from the debates on Confederation in all of the colonial parliaments from Newfoundland to British Columbia and in the constituent assembly of the Red River Colony. The voices of the powerful and those of lesser note mingle in impassioned debate on the pros and cons of creating or joining the new country, and in defining its nature. In short explanatory essays and provocative annotations, the editors sketch the historical context of the debates and draw out the significance of what was said. By organizing the debates thematically, they bring out the depth of the founders' concern for issues that are as vital today as they were then: the meaning of liberty, the merits of democracy, the best form of self-government, the tension between collective and individual rights, the rule of law, the requirements of political leadership, and, of course, the nature of Canadian nationality. Canada's Founding Debatesoffers a fresh and often surprising perspective on Canada's origins, history, and political character. Previous published by Stoddart Publishing, 1999.
Description for Reader
Canada's Founding Debatesis about Confederation A? about the process that brought together six out of the seven territories of British North America in the years 1864A?73 to form a country called Canada. It presents excerpts from the debates on Confederation in all of the colonial parliaments from Newfoundland to British Columbia and in the constituent assembly of the Red River Colony. The voices of the powerful and those of lesser note mingle in impassioned debate on the pros and cons of creating or joining the new country, and in defining its nature.In short explanatory essays and provocative annotations, the editors sketch the historical context of the debates and draw out the significance of what was said. By organizing the debates thematically, they bring out the depth of the founders concern for issues that are as vital today as they were then: the meaning of liberty, the merits of democracy, the best form of self-government, the tension between collective and individual rights, the rule of law, the requirements of political leadership, and, of course, the nature of Canadian nationality. Canada's Founding Debatesoffers a fresh and often surprising perspective on Canada's origins, history, and political character. Previous published by Stoddart Publishing, 1999.
Description for Reader
Canada's Founding Debates is about Confederation ? about the process that brought together six out of the seven territories of British North America in the years 1864?73 to form a country called Canada. It presents excerpts from the debates on Confederation in all of the colonial parliaments from Newfoundland to British Columbia and in the constituent assembly of the Red River Colony. The voices of the powerful and those of lesser note mingle in impassioned debate on the pros and cons of creating or joining the new country, and in defining its nature.In short explanatory essays and provocative annotations, the editors sketch the historical context of the debates and draw out the significance of what was said. By organizing the debates thematically, they bring out the depth of the founders concern for issues that are as vital today as they were then: the meaning of liberty, the merits of democracy, the best form of self-government, the tension between collective and individual rights, the rule of law, the requirements of political leadership, and, of course, the nature of Canadian nationality. Canada's Founding Debates offers a fresh and often surprising perspective on Canada's origins, history, and political character.Previous published by Stoddart Publishing, 1999.
Table of Contents
Maps
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
What They Said About Liberty
Constitutional Libertyp. 13
Responsible Governmentp. 22
Parliamentary Government and the Upper Housep. 77
Equality of Representationp. 103
What They Said About Opportunity
Economic Prosperity and Individual Ambitionp. 123
What They Said About Identity
British or American?p. 167
British or Canadian?p. 200
What Is a Canadian?p. 229
What They Said About the New Nationality
Federal Unionp. 261
Minorities and Minority Rightsp. 327
How to Make a Constitution
Consulting the People in Constitution Makingp. 357
Direct Democracy Pro and Conp. 420
The Quebec Resolutionsp. 465
The Legislatorsp. 473
Afterword on Booksp. 477
Picture Creditsp. 483
Indexp. 485
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