One hundred years ago, Canadians went to the polls to decide the fate of their country in an election that raised issues vital to Canada’s national independence and its place in the world. Canadians faced a clear choice between free trade with the United States and fidelity to the British Empire, and the decisions they made in September 1911 helped shape Canada’s political and economic history for the rest of the century. Canada 1911 revisits and re-examines this momentous turn in Canadian history, when Canadians truly found themselves at a parting of the ways. It was Canada’s first great modern election and one of the first expressions of the birth of modern Canada. The poet Rudyard Kipling famously wrote at the time that this election was nothing less than a fight for Canada’s soul. This book will explain why.
About the authors
David MacKenzie is a professor of history at Ryerson University and the author of several books on Canadian history and international relations. He is also the editor of Canada and the First World War. He lives in Toronto.
Patrice Dutil is professor of politics and public administration at Ryerson University. His publications include Canada 1911 and Devilâ??s Advocate. A frequent media commentator on Canadian affairs, he is the president of the Champlain Society and the founder of The Literary Review of Canada. He lives in Toronto.
[the authors] manage to make it clear why the election was so important to Canada, and why the themes heard in 1911 still resonate today.
Beyond the Hill
the meticulous attention to detail makes Canada 1911 compelling.
Popularly related, yet thoroughly researched, this volume will delight all of us who are fascinated by political campaigns and their often-disturbing results.
"Canada 1911 provides an in-depth look at a decisive election. [the authors] manage to make it clear why the election was so important to Canada, and why the themes heard in 1911 still resonate today. And there is no arguing that it was a key event in Canadian history."
The Victoria Times-Colonist
"Dutil and MacKenzie have succeeded in bringing to life the Canada of a century ago in their fascinating, well-written, and well-researched book."
The Halifax Chronicle Herald
Patrice Dutil and David MacKenzie sustain Dundurns reputation for page-turners.
The Dorchester Review
"Dutil and MacKenzie are to be congratulated for bringing the issues that dominated these important elections to the attention of modern readers in such entertaining and informative styles."
Literary Review of Canada
"It is a well-pace narrative for a popular audience."
The Winnipeg Free Press
"This new volume is the perfect primer that just might lead to a resurgence in interest in Laurier and the lesser known Borden."
The Hill Times and Kingston Whig Standard
Other titles by David MacKenzie
Canada's Wartime Election of 1917
A World Beyond Borders
An Introduction to the History of International Organizations
A History of the International Civil Aviation Organization
Canada and the First World War
Essays in Honour of Robert Craig Brown
Canada and International Civil Aviation 1932-1948
Inside the Atlantic Triangle
Canada and the Entrance of Newfoundland into Confederation 1939-1949
Other titles by Patrice Dutil
The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent
Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada
Canada's Wartime Election of 1917
Prime Ministerial Power in Canada
Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden
The John A. Macdonald Retrospective 2-Book Bundle
Macdonald at 200 / John A. Macdonald
Macdonald at 200
New Reflections and Legacies
The Service State
Rhetoric, Reality and Promise