Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation
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Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation

by Mary Janigan
     
 

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The oil sands. Global warming. The National Energy Program. Though these seem like modern Canadian subjects, author Mary Janigan reveals them to be a legacy of longstanding regional rivalry. Something of a "Third Solitude" since entering Confederation, the West has long been overshadowed by Canada's other great national debate: but as the conflict over natural

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The oil sands. Global warming. The National Energy Program. Though these seem like modern Canadian subjects, author Mary Janigan reveals them to be a legacy of longstanding regional rivalry. Something of a "Third Solitude" since entering Confederation, the West has long been overshadowed by Canada's other great national debate: but as the conflict over natural resources and their effect on climate change heats up, 150 years of antipathy are coming to a head. Janigan takes readers back to a pivotal moment in 1918, when Canada's western premiers descended on Ottawa determined to control their own future--and as Margaret MacMillan did in Paris 1919, she deftly illustrates how the results reverberate to this day.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
LONGLISTED 2014 – RBC Taylor Prize

"One of the first authoritative looks at the struggle over resources with the Rest of Canada that has plagued the West since the mid-19th century. This is an important book that explains so much of today's debates."
—The Honourable Peter Lougheed, former premier of Alberta
 
"Mary Janigan sheds some light on just how deeply the resentment underlying [the Conservatives' carbon-tax] strategy runs in her new book. . . . As long as Conservatives believe there are votes to be won, it's worth poking ancient regional wounds. After all, as Janigan all too ably demonstrates, this is the Canadian way."
Canadian Business
 
"A necessary and timely addition to the ongoing debate around the current rise of the West and its conservative brand of politics."
Toronto Star

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307400642
Publisher:
Knopf Canada
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER A Maclean’s Best Book [2012]
 
“Entertaining and informative…. Janigan’s technique of focusing on this crucial 1918 conference is effective…. Mary Janigan knows politics and how they play out in federal-provincial relations. A well-regarded journalist and a former Globe and Mail editorial writer, she has covered many federal-provincial conferences…. Janigan’s eye for detail extends to context as well as personality…. The North today, like the West in 1930, wants control over its land and resources. Janigan’s book is a blueprint for how this last vestige of Canadian colonialism can be ended.”
The Globe and Mail
 
“Timely relevance to the issues that are as ever present as they were in the 1870s…. The author meticulously explores Canada’s history and how the fight for resource control is traced back to Confederation.”
Rocky Mountain Outlook
 
Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark is a necessary and timely addition to the ongoing debate around the current rise of the West and its conservative brand of politics.”
Toronto Star
 
“A very interesting and readable book.”
The Chronicle Herald
 
“Mary Janigan has done all Canadians a service with her exhaustive, but never exhausting, dissection of the fight for control of land and natural resources in the West.”
Winnipeg Free Press
 
“An entertaining history of Western alienation in Canada, more than ever an important and little-understood driver of national politics.”
Maclean’s
 
“Does more than explain the region’s ongoing alienation. It explains just about everything you need to know about how Canadians think about one another.”
iPolitics

Meet the Author

MARY JANIGAN is a journalist who has written extensively about Canadian public policy, including politics and economics, for the Toronto Star, Maclean's and the Globe and Mail. She has won the prestigious Hy Solomon award for policy analysis, and the National Newspaper Award for her clause-by-clause scrutiny of proposed Constitution changes. She has never lost her curiosity, and she has always wanted to understand how the blunders and triumphs of the past complicate the present. She lives in Toronto, but travels as much as she can, at the flicker of a passport.

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