Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark by Mary Janigan
The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation

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Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze on 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

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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.
 

About Mary Janigan

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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.


Author Residence: Toronto, ON
 
Published November 6, 2012 by Knopf Canada. 448 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Dimitri Nasrallah on Nov 23 2012

Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze on 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.

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Reviewed by Andrew Allentuck on Dec 07 2012

Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark needed to be written. It is constitutional history and Canadian financial history focused on the west from Manitoba to British Columbia from Confederation to the present...

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Reviewed by Andrew Allentuck on Dec 07 2012

Mary Janigan, who has made a specialty of writing about public policy, focuses on the politics of the spoils rather than the spoils themselves. The issue is what the government in Ottawa thought it deserved and what the provinces demanded.

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