Ex Uno Plures: Federal-Provincial Relations in Canada, 1867-1896 (Paperback)

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Beginning with brief accounts of the origins of Confederation and the economic, social, and political characteristics of late nineteenth-century Canada, Stevenson recounts the major issues that occupied the intergovernmental agenda. Liquor regulation in Ontario, land reform in Prince Edward Island, reluctant acceptance of Confederation in Nova Scotia, chronic financial problems in Quebec, controversy over Catholic schools in New Brunswick, and the roots of Western alienation in Manitoba and British Columbia are all described in detail. Stevenson then examines the process of intergovernmental relations and the significance of particular practices and institutions such as disallowance, reservation, federal-provincial conferences, and judicial review. In the final chapter he summarizes the evolution of Canadian federalism up to 1896 and briefly relates it to the current state of Canadian federalism. Based on extensive archival research, this book will interest political scientists, historians, and anyone curious to know the background of Canada's federal crisis.

About the Author

Garth Stevenson is a retired professor of political science at Brock University.

Praise For…

"A masterful portrait of federalism in late nineteenth-century Canada. Stevenson's study is simply unmatched in terms of scope, thoroughness, and clarity. While there exist numerous studies of one or another of his subjects, no one has attempted much less pulled off anything as ambitious as this. It is a tour de force of historical scholarship and should quickly establish itself as an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to understand Canadian federal history." Robert C. Vipond, Political Science, University of Toronto.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780773516335
ISBN-10: 0773516336
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: November 3rd, 1997
Pages: 416
Language: English