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N.W. Rowell : Ontario Nationalist

Author: Margaret Prang
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2019] ©1975
Series: Heritage
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In his career as corporation and constitutional lawyer, Methodist layman, Liberal politician, and internationalist, N.W. Rowell reflected and helped direct many of the forces that have shaped Canada. He was an Ontario farm boy who began a distinguished legal career in Toronto in 1891, and was subsequently associated with many of the economic and social movements which accompanied Ontario's transition to a  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Prang
ISBN: 9781487579326 1487579322
OCLC Number: 1129154735
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (568 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
PART ONE --
1. Methodists and reformers --
2. The young Toronto lawyer --
3. Liberalism in East York --
4. Shaping Canada's century --
5. Higher criticism and Canada's destiny --
PART TWO --
6. A Liberal Moses --
7. Leader of the opposition --
8. Abolish-the-bar --
9. Ontario and Quebec at war --
10. Democracy versus militarism --
11. The full current of the world's life --
12. The larger citizenship --
13. Saving civilization at the polls --
PART THREE --
14. The organization of victory --
15. The coronation of democracy --
16. The new order --
17. Recrimination and reform --
18. No light in the window --
19. An honourable discharge --
PART FOUR --
20. Canada in the League of Nations --
21. Canada, the Empire, and the new internationalism --
22. An observer of King Liberalism --
23. A new church and a new commonwealth --
24. Cleaning up the Liberals --
25. The pinnacle of the legal profession --
26. A darkening world --
27. The chief justice --
Notes --
Index
Series Title: Heritage
Responsibility: Margaret Prang.
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In his career as corporation and constitutional lawyer, Methodist layman, Liberal politician, and internationalist, N.W. Rowell reflected and helped direct many of the forces that have shaped Canada. He was an Ontario farm boy who began a distinguished legal career in Toronto in 1891, and was subsequently associated with many of the economic and social movements which accompanied Ontario's transition to a predominantly urban society. A forceful spokesman for the Anglo-Saxon Protestants of Ontario, he tried to ensure that the new society on the Canadian prairies would be a 'new Ontario, ' faithful to the older province's social and political values. As a prominent Methodist, Rowell led the liberal forces in the Jackson controversy -- the struggle within that church over 'higher criticism' of the Bible -- and promoted in Canada the Laymen's Missionary Movement program from the 'evangelization of the world in this generation.' He supported the church union movement from its beginning and was the most influential layman in the formation of the United church of Canada in 1925. Elected leader of the Ontario Liberal party in 1911, he led the fight for prohibition in the 'abolish-the-bar' election campaign of 1914. Not only was he an early supporter of political rights for women, but his advocacy of workmen's compensation, unemployment and health insurance, and mothers' allowances helped move the Liberal party toward the welfare state. Many saw in Rowell the logical successor to Laurier as federal Liberal leader, but his uncompromising commitment to conscription during the First World War made him unacceptable, especially to French Canadians. In 1917, in the interests of a more vigorous war effort, he joined Sir Robert Borden's Union Government to become one of its most influential members as an energetic exponent of imperialism and Canadian nationalism. After being part of Canada's delegation to the first Assembly of the League of Nations in 1920, he became the foremost advocate of an active foreign policy for Canada, both in public lectures and in helping to found the League of Nations Society and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. In 1936 he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario and the next year was named to head the most prestigious royal commission in Canadian history, established to examine dominion-provincial relations. This is the first account of the life and activities of the man who, in the judgement of Harold Innis, was 'our greatest Canadian.'

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