HISB41H3 Lecture Notes - John Sparrow David Thompson, Headache, Timothy Eaton

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10 Feb 2011
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The theme of last week - late 19th cent - great unease - uncertainty - as to whether it could survive - that defined that period - economic depression - people were struggling. But the laurier boom - are remembered much more fondly - positive economic times. National policy - finally started to work - growth in economy - industry and western settlement. More than 1 million people immigrated to western canada during 1896-1911 - half of country was opened up. Laurier said - at turn of century - the 19th century may have belonged to us but the 20th century will belong to canada. By 1950 - 60 million - estimate - that optimism associated with laurier. He personified all the good things that canada can become - called the first canadian. Laurier embodied both founding cultures - was french - but respected british institutions.

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