Wilfrid Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier

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Everyone knows that Wilfrid Laurier was a great prime minister, an astonishing speaker, and a survivor. But nobody has looked at him as more than a mythological figure for a very long time. Andr#65533; Pratte, chief editorial writer of La Presse , uncovers Laurier's full complexity amid the charged political circumstances of the early 20th century. Laurier tried to unite a country deeply divided in the wake of the First World War, grappling with the thorny questions of minority rights, multiple cultures, and regional tensions. A superb orator--his defence of Louis Riel established him as perhaps Canada's greatest speaker--he talked to his listeners as if they were as intelligent and well-read as he. Pratte reveals a Laurier who did not have to create a special political strategy in order to deal with the complexities of Canada. His personality, in and of itself, was a mirror of that complexity. Pratte's Laurier affirms our long and stable history, while recognizing that events are never predictable. Like Laurier, great leaders must accept both to govern Canada successfully.
Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Group (Canada), 2011.
ISBN: 9780670069187
Characteristics: xi, 221 p. ;,21 cm.

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Jun 21, 2012

Found this very well written, informative summary of the main themes that concerned Laurier the politicain. The author makes a compelling case as to why this man is include in the series of Public figures who significantly influenced the development of Canada into nationhood.

debwalker Apr 09, 2011

"There is a melancholy that may wash over you as you finish reading André Pratte's compact and engaging biography of former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier. There is a sadness, elegiacally expressed by Pratte, for the Canada that might have been, if only Laurier's vision had flowered the way he wanted. There is also a lament for the fact that in “the sad political scene of our day,” no leaders seem to have nearly the passion and love of country that Laurier displayed, nor the crafty leadership skills and inimitable force of character."
J.D.M. Stewart
Globe & Mail April 8 2011

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