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First Person

A Biography of Cairine Wilson Canada's First Woman Senator

by (author) Valerie Knowles

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1987
Category
Political, General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550020304
    Publish Date
    Jan 1987
    List Price
    $28.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459714397
    Publish Date
    Jan 1987
    List Price
    $9.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781550020298
    Publish Date
    Jan 1988
    List Price
    $28.99

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Cairine Wilson, Canada’s first female senator, was one of nine children raised in an atmosphere of rugged Scots liberalism and strict presbyterianism by affluent Montreal parents in the late nineteenth century. She displayed an interest in politics early in life and through her father’s position in the Senate, was befriended by many notable politicians of the period, including Sir Wilfrid Laurier, an experience that left a permanent mark on her. Her appointment to the Senate in 1930 was a historic and controversial event, and launched a political career rife with passion, commitment, and reform. Wilson, whose work on behalf of refugees and the world’s needy was legendary, served in the Senate through some of the stormiest years in Canadian government history. First Person is an engaging account of a colourful and powerful politician; a fighter whose efforts were recognized by the highest officials in the land, and whose sculpted image adorns the foyer of the Canadian Senate.

About the author

Valerie Knowles is an Ottawa writer who has taught history and worked as an archivist. In addition to writing for newspapers, magazines, and federal government departments, she has published several non-fiction works, including Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540-1997. This is her third book for Dundurn Press.

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Editorial Reviews

Valerie Knowles has written an absorbing biography of Wilson and the times in which she lived. The study is thorough but not pedantic, and rich in detail and interpretation.

The Globe and Mail

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