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Book offers closer look at Canada’s ‘rare example’ of successful federation

By Gar Pardy      

Rivals for Power measures the success of Canada's coming together through the lens of the country's accommodation of minorities.

The first 1968 government of prime minister Pierre Trudeau—pictured in November 1981 with Jean Chrétien at the federal-provincial conference of first ministers on the Constitution—marked the beginning of modern federalism, according to Ed Whitcomb. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

OTTAWA—I am not a Father of Confederation, but I am a son of Confederation. I was an interested observer, albeit young, when Newfoundland was roiled politically with the renewal of its historical debate of whether or not it would become Canada's 10th province. Post-war Britain under the newly elected Attlee Labour government faced the Herculean task of restoring some measure of fiscal sanity while at the same time implementing social reforms. In this calculus, the costs of Empire loomed large

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