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LaPierre, Laurier L.
Toronto, McClelland & Stewart, 1992. 251pp, paper, $14.99, ISBN 0-7710-4692-8. CIP.


Reviewed by Louise Dick

Volume 21 Number 1
1993 January

Before becoming a TV/radio host and interviewer ("This Hour Has Seven Days"), LaPierre taught history at the University of Western Ontario and at McGill University. As director of the Moderators' Programme for the Spicer Commission, he was a coast-to-coast participant in the Citizens' Forum; the present book is based on his speeches to the Forum's moderators.

The result is an intensely personal interpretation of Canadian history from the First Peoples' arrival to the constitutional discussions prior to the 1992 referendum. LaPierre follows two themes in tandem: pivotal events (fifteen) and founding peoples (four). The narrative is informal and vivid.

LaPierre's own viewpoint, that of a canadien/acadien and convinced federalist, is constantly apparent. At the same time he endeavours to give equal emphasis to contributions of First Peoples, French-speaking Canadians, English-speaking Canadians, and Canadians of other languages. The lessons LaPierre wishes us to derive from each event and people are enunciated and his personal political/ economic credo is everywhere evident. His optimism for Canada's future is emotional and challenging.

There is neither index nor precise acknowledgement of sources. This is avowedly not a formal history but a personal statement, most useful for readers who have a serviceable background in Canadian history.

Louise Dick is a retired post-secondary teacher-librarian in Toronto, Ontario
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