Oft-ignored within the examine of Canadian heritage or brushed aside as a vestige of colonial prestige, the governor general's workplace presents crucial old perception into Canada's constitutional evolution. within the 19th century, as at the present time, person governors basic exercised significant scope in examining their method of the place of work. The period 1847-1878 witnessed profound alterations in Canada's courting with Britain, and during this new booklet, Barbara J. Messamore explores the character of those alterations via an exam of the position of the governor general.
Guided via outdated directions and constitutional conventions that weren't but firmly validated, the governors normal of the time - Lord Elgin, Sir Edmund Head, Lord Monck, Lord Lisgar, and Lord Dufferin - all wrestled with the consequences of colonial self govt. The imprecision of the viceregal function made the nature of the appointee in particular very important and biographical info are hence necessary to an knowing of the way the recent test of colonial self-government was once placed into perform. Messamore's e-book marries constitutional background and biography, supplying illumination on many of the key figures of nineteenth-century Canadian politics.
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