Who Speaks for Canada?

Who Speaks for Canada?

Words That Shape A Country

Book - 1998
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Since our earliest beginnings, the citizens of Canada have grappled with the question of what it is that defines a Canadian. Who Speaks for Canada? brings together 200 of the most persuasive, entertaining, and commanding voices yet to be heard on the subject of being Canadian, from our greatest orators and essayists, proselytisers and poets. The texts -- from the country's literary figures, historical figures, politicians, and notables of public life -- are organized by period, and range from the seventeenth century to the present. Amongst the many well-known literary figures found in this book are: Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Denise Chong, Leonard Cohen, Gratien Gélinas, Anne Hébert, W.P. Kinsella, Margaret Laurence, Irving Layton, Stephen Leacock, Hugh MacLennan, Antonine Maillet, John McCrae, Farley Mowat, Michael Ondaatje, Al Purdy, Gabrielle Roy, and Michel Tremblay. There are, as well, many historical figures, including: Isaac Brock, Henri Bourassa, Joseph Howe, Wilfrid Laurier, Sir John A. Macdonald, George Brown, Nellie McClung, Thomas D'Arcy McGee, and Louis-Joseph Papineau. Politicians appear, too, including: R.B. Bennett, Tommy Douglas, René Lévesque, David Lewis, Joey Smallwood, Elijah Harper, and Pierre Trudeau. There are public figures like Peter Gzowski, as well as some of Canada's most celebrated entertainers: Stompin' Tom Connors, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, and Gilles Vigneault. Alongside the famous texts are selections that are less familiar but that nevertheless offer a wider view of what it means to be Canadian: the folktale "Le Diable à la Danse," Moses Coady's "Advice to Canadians and Maritimers," the ex-slave Josiah Henson's recollections of the Underground Railway, Ralph Gustafson's poem "In the Yukon," amongst others. Who Speaks for Canada? is a compelling testament to the many ways of being Canadian.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1998
ISBN: 9780771065026
Branch Call Number: 819.0803271/WHO 4565nf 1
Alternative Title: Pierre Boucher : life in New France
Isaac Brock : The War of 1812
Laura Secord : With forced courage
Ezekiel Hart : Religious freedom in Canada
William Lyon Mackenzie : "Independence!"
Louis-Joseph Papineau : "Fellow citizens!"
Chevalier de Lorimier : A patriote's last thoughts, 1839
Antoine Gerin-Lajoie : Un Canadien errant
Lord Durham : Two Nations warring in the bosom of a single state
Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine : The defence of French
Joseph Howe : Responsible Government
Henry Walton Bibb and Jackson Whitney : Slave testimony
George Brown : The Canadian Abolitionist Movement
D'Arcy McGee : A Canadian Nationality
Alexander Muir : "The Maple Leaf Forever"
George-Étienne Cartier : "I am also a French Canadian"
George Brown : Confederation Day
Susanna Moodie : "Canadian hunters' song"
John A. Macdonald : a nation builder
Edward Blake : Speech at Aurora, 1874
Adolphe-Basile Routhier, Calixa lavallée, and Robert Stanley Weir : "O Canada"
Thomas-Jean-Jacques Loranger : The Compact Theory
Wilfrid Laurier : The plumed knight
Clifford Sifton : The quality standard
Richard Hardisty : The last sun dance
Pauline Johnson : The song my paddle sings
Émile Nelligan : "Le Vaisseau d'Or" (The ship of gold)
Cavendish Boyle : Ode to Newfoundland
Robert W. Service : The cremation of Sam McGee
Ernest Thompson Seton : Wild animals I have known
Stephen Leacock : The great election in Missinaba County
Henri Bourassa : The language question
Sundar Singh : The Sikhs in Canada
Sam Hughes : Where duty leads
Nellie McClung : The land of the second chance
John McCrae : In Flanders Fields
A parody of "In Flanders Fields" / Anonymous
J. A. E. Cloutier : The devil at the dance
Duncan Campbell Scott : On the way to the mission
J. S. Woodsworth : The business man's psychology
William Lyon Mackenzie King : Keeping Canada united
James Gray : Our world stopped and we got off
R. B. Bennett : Maverick Capitalist
Irving Abella and Harold Troper : None is too many
Refugees : the human aspect / Gwethalyn Graham
J. W. Dafoe : What's the cheering for?
Lorne Morgan : A theory of permanent war
Joy Kogawa : What do I remember of the evacuation?
Earle Birney : Turvey is enlisted
Murray Peden : Gelsenkirchen
Jackie Robinson : Il a gagné Ses Épaulettes / Dink Carroll
W. O. Mitchell : A boy's view of the prairie
Gabrielle Roy : Rue Ste.-Catherine
Moses Coady : The lesson of the tides
Joey Smallwood : How to vote for Confederation
Gratien Gélinas : The very ordinary dreams of Tit-Coq
Anne Hébert : Precursor of a New Quebec
Hilda Neatby : So little for the mind
E. J. Pratt : Towards the last spike
Ralph Gustafson : In the Yukon
Wade Hemsworth : The blackfly song
Félix-Antoine Savard : Wild geese
Donald Creighton : The Empire of the St. Lawrence
Frank R. Scott : W.L.M.K
Ringuet : Montreal in the 1950s
Irving Layton : From colony to nation
John Diefenbaker : Canadian national politics
Georges Vanier : We are all God's children
Jean-Paul Desbiens (Frère Untel) : On "Joual"
Leonard Cohen : The only tourist in Havana turns his thoughts homeward
Tommy Douglas : The case for Universal Health Insurance
Fernand Ouellette : Language, history and memory
Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism : Two nations or many?
Al Purdy : The country north of Belleville
George Grant : Lament for a nation
Farley Mowat : Speaking out on Vietnam
Harold Cardinal : The mystery of the White Man
Lester B. Pearson : On Federalism
René Lévesque : An opinion for Quebec
Claude Ryan : The Canadian Solution
Frank R. Scott : On the War Measures Act
Pierre Elliott Trudeau : On Quebec nationalism and separatism
Marie-Claire Blais : Au pensionnat
Judy LaMarsh : Women in politics
Ypres : 1915 / Alden Nowlan
Roderick Haig-Brown : British Columbia
Northrop Frye : On Canadian identity
Margaret Atwood : Survival
Antonine Maillet : La Sagouine
David Lewis : On "Corporate Welfare Bums"
Tom Connors : Sudbury Saturday Night
Joni Mitchell : Big yellow taxi
Paul-Émile Cardinal Léger : The gap between them and us
Pauline Julien : Les femmes (The women)
Margaret Laurence : Where the world began
Robertson Davies : What may Canada expect from its writers?
Joe Davidson : Old-fashioned unionism
Roch Carrier : The hockey sweater
Yvon Deschamps : The history of Canada
Joe Clark : Community of communities
Peter Lougheed : Alberta and Natural resources
Peter Gzowski : Hockey was us
Michael Ondaatje : Burning hills
Stan Rogers : Northwest Passage
Pierre Berton : Dear Sam
Thomas Berger : Fragile freedoms
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops : Some ethical reflections on the economic crisis
Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance : Tears are not enough
Gil Courtemanche : Les yeux de la faim (The eyes of hunger)
Gerald Caplan and Florian Sauvageau : The principles of public broadcasting
David Suzuki : The nature of cultures
Rosemary Brown : Racism, Canadian style
Dan George : I am a Native of North America
Preston Manning : New Canada
Lewis Mackenzie : Goodbye to Sarajevo
Elijah Harper : No ordinary hero
Jean Chrétian : On veterans
Denise Chong : Being Canadian


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