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Opinion: George Brown, the futurist
July 1, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | by MOIRA DANN, SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL.

Memories of the people present for Canada’s beginnings can teach us a great deal. Sometimes looking back helps you reconsider and reframe the present, so you can see different possibilities for the future.....George Brown often gets short shrift as a Father of Confederation.....know he was the founder of The Globe, let alone a founder of the country.....Brown wasn’t the charismatic lightning rod his confrère and rival John A. Macdonald was, nor was he as ready to dance and sing and flirt and play his own compositions on the piano, as was his Quebec frenemy, George-Étienne Cartier..... he was the most forward-looking of the lot......Brown came to Toronto from Scotland in 1843 via a short, five-year sojourn in New York working in dry goods and publishing.......It wasn’t long before Brown, defending the principle of the government’s responsibility to Parliament, was haranguing Governor-General Charles Metcalfe about public-service appointments made without the approval of the elected representatives. Brown soon enough made the leap from journalism to politics. ...... he was back wearing his journalist’s hat in 1867, writing a 9,000-word front-page editorial for The Globe’s July 1 edition when Canada’s Confederation became a political reality......While still publishing and writing for political-reform-minded Presbyterian church publication The Banner, Brown had foreseen a market trend: He anticipated the desire for (and the money-making potential of) a good newspaper directed less toward partisan believers and more at a general reader, a paper with a strong point of view and attempting a national perspective. He started The Globe on March 5, 1844.......After Brown started The Globe – it merged, in 1936, with the Mail and Empire, to become the newspaper that you are reading today – he was able to print and distribute it widely to extol Confederation because of some forethought: He had started investing in new technology. Just two months after starting The Globe using a hand press that printed 200 copies an hour, he went to New York and purchased a Hoe rotary press that could produce 1,250 copies an hour. His was the first one used in Upper Canada. He also made a deal with a rival publication, the British Colonist, to share the cost of using the telegraph to bring news from New York and Montreal......One thing Brown never allowed to lapse was his dedication to religious liberty, civil rights and the abolition of slavery. .....Brown was also a vocal advocate of prison reform...... the work he most loved: being husband to Anne and father to Margaret (Maggie), Catherine Edith (Oda) and George.
abolitionists  ahead_of_the_curve  Confederation  forethought  futurists  George_Brown  George-Étienne_Cartier  Globe_&_Mail  history  journalists  nation_builders  newspapers  politicians  prison_reform  Sir_John_A._MacDonald  technology 
july 2019 by jerryking
Confederation: Canada’s early lesson in tolerance - The Globe and Mail
MOIRA DANN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

It wasn’t dissimilar in 1864 Quebec. Many of those top-hatted, suit-coated fellows could do little more than tolerate each other because of political differences and ancient slights. But they had gathered in Quebec a little more than a month after an initial meeting in Charlottetown that had sketched an outline of what a new Canada might look like. They were following up to colour it in.

John A. Macdonald and George Brown of Canada West (Ontario) and George-Étienne Cartier of Canada East (Quebec) were the primary instigators of the Confederation discussions; now they had to make sure all the goodwill flowing from September’s conference in Charlottetown would be shaped into a document. They had never been anything like friends but they had shelved their partisan, political and personal rancour when they took part in what’s known as the Great Coalition and then approached Maritime leaders about uniting British North America.
anniversaries  Canadian  Confederation  George_Brown  George-Étienne_Cartier  history  leaders  nation_builders  politicians  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  tolerance 
october 2015 by jerryking
Let’s give R.B. Bennett his due - The Globe and Mail
ARTHUR MILNES, FRANCES LANKIN, STEVE PAIKIN, DAVID LOCKHART AND ZACH PAIKIN
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 20, 201
history  leaders  politicians  Canadian  far-sightedness  nation_builders  anniversaries 
august 2015 by jerryking
Can-Do Lee Kuan Yew - NYTimes.com
MARCH 23, 2015
Continue reading the main story

Roger Cohen

The measure of that achievement is that the ingredients of disaster abounded in Singapore, a country that is “not supposed to exist and cannot exist,” as Lee said in a 2007 interview with The New York Times. “We don’t have the ingredients of a nation,” he noted, “the elementary factors: a homogeneous population, common language, common culture and common destiny.” Instead, it had a combustible ethnic and religious hodgepodge of Chinese, Malays and Indians gathered in a city-state of no natural resources....The fact that the elements for cataclysm exist does not mean that cataclysm is inevitable. Lee demonstrated this in an age where the general cacophony, and the need to manage and spin every political minute, makes statesmanship ever more elusive. The determining factor is leadership. What defines leadership above all is conviction, discipline in the pursuit of a goal, adaptability in the interest of the general good, and far-sightedness.

Lee’s only religion was pragmatism, of which religion (as generally understood) is the enemy, because, to some adherents, it offers revealed truths that are fact-resistant. Any ideology that abhors facts is problematic. (If you believe land is yours because it was deeded to you in the Bible, for example, but other people live there and have for centuries, you have an issue pregnant with violence.) Lee had one basic yardstick for policy: Does it work? It was the criterion of a forward-looking man for whom history was instructive but not imprisoning. He abhorred victimhood (an excuse for sloppy thinking and nationalist delusion) and corruption. He prized opportunity, meritocracy, the work ethic of the immigrant and education.
authoritarianism  city-states  far-sightedness  leaders  leadership  Lee_Kuan_Yew  nation_builders  obituaries  Roger_Cohen  Singapore  Southeast_Asia  statesmen  tributes  victimhood  work_ethic 
march 2015 by jerryking
Canada’s forgotten independence day
Mar. 11 2014 | The Globe and Mail | Lawrence Martin.

March 11, 1848, was the day when Canada’s united colonies got responsible government. You might go so far as to call it our independence day – the day real democracy arrived....
Baldwin and LaFontaine, leaders of the territories now known as Ontario and Quebec, convinced their colonial masters that allowing power to reside with an elected assembly instead of a governor’s appointed executive council was the only way to stave off anarchy....John A. Macdonald became our nation maker, as biographer Richard Gwyn calls him, but these men put in place the foundation. Lawyers by profession, they were not your typical win-at-all-costs politicians. Baldwin was a soft-spoken man who went about his work with a sunken heart. The pain at the loss of his adored wife at a young age never escaped him. But inescapable too was his devotion to the principles of democracy, social equity and justice. LaFontaine had that same commitment. He overcame strident opposition from francophone leaders in realizing his vision of a democratic union of the two cultures.

Not to be overlooked is Nova Scotia’s Joseph Howe, who secured responsible government for Nova Scotia two months earlier than Ontario and Quebec. His philosophy of governance paralleled that of Baldwin and LaFontaine. “The only questions I ask myself are, What is right? What is just? What is for the public good?” he said.
nation_builders  Lawrence_Martin  history  Canada  foundational  Canadian  anniversaries  public_goods  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  overlooked  forgotten 
march 2014 by jerryking
We can all be inspired by Sir John A. Macdonald - The Globe and Mail
Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Joe Clark, Paul Martin, Brian Mulroney and John Turner

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jan. 10 2014
nation_builders  Canada  Canadian  anniversaries  Sir_John_A._Macdonald 
january 2014 by jerryking
Jeffrey Simpson: Would it hurt our PMs to respect each other? - The Globe and Mail
May. 04 2013 | Globe & Mail | JEFFREY SIMPSON

Those with a taste for Canadian history should read Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s eulogy to Sir John A. Macdonald. Their parties had fought ferociously over big issues, and the partisanship of their day was ubiquitous. But great men seek public occasions to display respect to each other and, in so doing, invite their fellow citizens to respect the institutions of democracy.
Canadian  history  eulogies  Jeffrey_Simpson  civility  partisan_warfare  etiquette  post-partisanship  Jean_Chrétien  Brian_Mulroney  Pierre_Trudeau  courtesies  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  Sir_Wilfred_Laurier  leaders  politicians  nation_builders  Confederation 
may 2013 by jerryking
You want strong leaders? Look to Canada
Apr. 16 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Lawrence Martin.

Our history has served up some who have fizzled, but on balance our voters have chosen well. We’ve had prime ministers who have fit the needs of testing times, men who have been vital to the nation-building process.

This is especially true of the first half of our history, the decades dominated by John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King. Try finding three more capable leaders than these. Macdonald – the “nation maker,” in Richard Gwyn’s phrase – gave us much of our Constitution and a national policy to bind the border. Without his state paternalism and remarkable political skills, Canada might not have survived childhood.

After the nation maker came the consolidator. We needed a balancing force to the preponderant British presence. Who better to fill the role than Quebec’s Laurier? His judiciousness, sophistication and conciliatory approach made the middle way the Canadian way.
national_identity  nation_building  nation_builders  leaders  Canadian  history  Lawrence_Martin  politicians 
april 2013 by jerryking
Still Molten after all these years
March 5, 1994 | The Globe & Mail | editorial
CONTEMPLATING our 150th birthday, we were struck by a reference to editorials in perusing our well-thumbed copy of Brown of The Claim by J. M. S. Careless. Could this passage have been written yesterday?
"Globe editorials were not finely drawn and polished. They were hastily poured forth, in a style that was often ungainly but always lucid; and above all. trenchant and provocative. George Brown set the pattern by his own habit of writing: first of all a meticulous gathering of information on scraps of paper; next the jottings of headings and topic sentences, crossed out and rewritten; then, when the heat of composition had risen the drafting at full blast of the whole editorial - so that it was cast as a single. molten whole. Revisions with stumps of black lead pencil followed later in the proof sheets. but chiefly to stress vital facts and sharpen arguments. not to alter the nature of the full-length production. which kept the merits and defects of the manner of its making.” If the image of our editorials as a “molten whole" invites some ambiguity. we embrace it in the spirit in which the phrase was born. Editorials are still fashioned in haste from wells of necessity and conviction. spun from the events of the day through the minds and hearts of mortal people, often frantically assembled at the deadline hour and revised, if at all, on the run. The best of them are born in disbelief, cradled in righteousness. raised in and married to wisdom before the English language comes into play and ink hits paper.. .. . . . This, we assert. is a condition of their authenticity. They are not over-civilized by second thoughts and feints of heart. They are sometimes ungainly. Thrown up in the heat of composition and committed to paper, molten wholes have been known to confound a waiting nation. Even in the computer age. slumps of black lead pencil can be found in the precincts of our scribes.
anniversaries  commemoration  editorials  George_Brown  Globe_&_Mail  howto  writing  nation_builders  topic_sentences 
july 2012 by jerryking
So much more than a nose on our currency - The Globe and Mail
Dec. 10, 2011 | Globe and Mail |JEFFREY SIMPSON.

If Richard Gwyn’s books were published in the United States, they’d be catapulted instantly onto all the bestseller lists and remain there for a long stretch....In Canada, Mr. Gwyn has produced a wonderfully researched, engagingly written two-volume biography of Sir John A. Macdonald, beautifully presented by Random House Canada. This is history on a grand scale, with a riveting central character and a country being literally built around him.

Nation Maker is an appropriate title for the second volume. Canada came together under Macdonald’s watch, and with his care. In the same time frame, the Meiji Restoration thrust Japan into the world, Bismarck united Germany and Il Risorgimento resulted in a united Italy. Canadian modesty aside, Canada has been a good deal less disruptive of the international order than these three countries for the past century and a half. Put that way, Canadian history is something to ponder, even celebrate.
Richard_Gwyn  history  historians  writers  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  Canada  Canadian  Jeffrey_Simpson  nation_builders  book_reviews 
december 2011 by jerryking
Why I give Sir John an A
Nov 25, 2004 | The Globe and Mail.pg. R.3 |Charlotte Gray

Last spring, I was a guest on CBC Radio. Callers were invited to phone in and describe the qualities that some mythical "great Canadian" should embody.
ProQuest  Canadian  Canada  best_of  history  historians  nation_builders  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  Charlotte_Gray 
october 2011 by jerryking
Nation Maker, by Richard Gwyn - The Globe and Mail
reviewed by ken mcgoogan
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 14, 2011
Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, Volume Two: 1867-1891, by Richard Gwyn, Random House Canada, 676 pages, $37
Canadian  Canada  history  book_reviews  Richard_Gwyn  nation_builders  Sir_John_A._Macdonald 
october 2011 by jerryking
Canada is failing history
Jun. 18, 2009 | Globe & Mail | by Marc Chalifoux and J.D.M.
Stewart. To function in a modern democracy, citizens must understand
the country’s past. We must teach them. Caanda's first four prime
ministers were: (1) John Alexander Macdonald (C) (2) Alexander Mackenzie
(L) (3) John Joseph Caldwell Abbott (C) (1st Cnd. born) and (4) John
Sparrow David Thompson (C).
Canada  democracy  education  engaged_citizenry  history  schools  Dominion_Institute  nation_builders  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  civics 
june 2009 by jerryking

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