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Biography & Autobiography Presidents & Heads Of State

Extraordinary Canadians Wilfrid Laurier

by (author) Andre Pratte

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Sep 2013
Presidents & Heads of State, Post-Confederation (1867-), Political
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    Sep 2013
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Wilfrid Laurier is acknowledged as a great prime minister, a superb orator, and a survivor. But he has become more myth than man. André Pratte, chief editorial writer of Quebec’s La Presse, uncovers Laurier’s complexity amid the charged political circumstances of the early 20th century. Laurier tried to unite a newborn country that found itself grappling with the thorny questions of minority rights, regional tensions, and its role in the world. Pratte skilfully reveals a Laurier who did not have to create a special political strategy in order to deal with the realities of Canada. Growing up in French- and English-Canadian cultures, he himself was a mirror of that complexity. Pratte’s Laurier affirms our long and stable history, while recognizing that events are never predictable, and that dialogue, tolerance, and compromise are always necessary.

About the author

Andre Pratte has been a journalist for thirty years and is currently lead editorial writer at La Presse. He has written five books including Charest: His Life and Politics. He lives in Montreal, Québec.

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Editorial Reviews

“[the series is] entertaining, literary and informative" - The National Post

“The books would be a lovely addition to any library…they’re accessible and ready to be read by all.” - The Nova Scotian (Sunday Herald)

These books are…opportunities to deepen the relationship between Canadians of the past and Canadians of the present. May this dialogue continue, so that today’s biographers themselves will be the subject of the next wave of writers.” - The Globe and Mail

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