The Canadian Crucible:
Manitoba's Role in Canada's Great Divide
Author: Frances Russell
Canada's great divide? One guess... language!
Anglophone political journalist Frances Russell explores the roots of this rift and how this single issue has defined the Canada and Canadian identity.
Manitoba's repeated repudiation of its original bilingual-bicultural status - in 1870-72, in 1890, in 1916 and during the language crisis of 1983-84 - changed the course of Canadian history. Stopping westward migration from Quebec in its tracks, it left a wound that has never healed between French and English Canadians, between East and West, between the Old Canada and the New.
A passionate expose, with two insightful chapters on Louis Riel to forever clear up this confusing time in history.
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