CanadianCrucible 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.