Much of Canada’s modern identity emerged from the innovative social policies and ambitious foreign policy of Louis St-Laurent’s Liberal government. His extraordinarily creative administration made decisions that still resonate today: on health care, pensions, and housing; on infrastructure and intergovernmental issues; and, further afield, in developing Canada’s global middle-power role in global affairs and resolving the Suez Crisis. Yet St-Laurent remains an enigmatic figure. The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent fills a great void in Canadian political history, bringing together well-established and new scholars to investigate the far-reaching influence of a politician whose astute policies and bold resolve moved Canada into the modern era.
About the author
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.
With this superbly-executed, comprehensive book, [St-Laurent] now gets the tribute he would not have asked for — but nonetheless deserves.
"The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent is a fine volume, one of the few recent edited collections held together by more than the binding."
Literary Review of Canada
Other titles by Patrice Dutil
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 Decisive Election that Shaped the Country
The Service State
Rhetoric, Reality and Promise