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Makers of Canada
Baldwin, LaFontaine, Hincks By Stephen Leacock (1909)


IN the present volume the narrative of personal biography is subordinated to the reeord of political achievement. The name of Robert Baldwin and that of his distinguished colleague Louis La-Fontaine will always be associated With the words responsible government. Baldwin was frequently derided by his contemporaries as a "man of one idea." Time has shown that this "one idea"' of Robert Baldwin,--the conception of responsible government.—has proved the corner-stone of the British Imperial system. It is fitting, therefore, that this brief account of the political career of Robert Baldwin and his associates should centre round the evolution of responsible government in the province of Canada. In other works of the present series the periods of Canadian history preceding and following the LaFontaine-Baldwin administrations have already been treated. The biography of Papineau, already published, and the forthcoming biography of William Lyon Mackenzie offer an ample account of the stirring events of the rebellion. Sir John Bourinot in his Lord Elgin and Mr. Lewis in his George Brown have told the story of the administration of Hineks and Morin alter the retirement of their former chiefs. The present narrative is therefore especially concerned with the two LaFontaine-Baldwin ministries and with the great political controversy during the administration of Sir Charles Metcalfe.

The author desires to express his sincere thanks for the very valuable assistance and useful suggestions received from Dr. James Bain, Librarian of the Toronto Public Library, and from Mr. Charles Gould, Librarian of McGill University. The author owes much also to the kindness of Dr. A. G. Doughty, C.M.G., Archivist of the Dominion Government.

McGill University, July 31st, 1906.


Chapter I - Introductory
Chapter II - The Moderate Reformers ands the Canadian Rebellion
Chapter III - The Union of the Canadas
Chapter IV - Lord Sydenham and Responsible Government
Chapter V - The First LaFontaine-Baldwin Ministry
Chapter VI - The Coming of Metcalfe
Chapter VII - The Metcalfe Crisis
Chapter VIII - In Opposition
Chapter IX - The Second LaFontaine-Baldwin Ministry
Chapter X - The Rebellion Losses Bill
Chapter XI - The End of the Ministry

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