By Lita-Rose Betcherman
This is a long-overdue research of 1 of Canada's most vital political relationships. hugely readable and interesting, this paintings info the connection among Quebec lieutenant Ernest Lapointe and major Minister Mackenzie King, exhibiting how the shut organization of the 2 affected Canadian historical past in lots of very important methods.
Lapointe used to be the dominant French Canadian in federal politics from the beginning of the Twenties to the early years of the second one international battle, serving as Minister of Justice and King's Quebec lieutenant. In go back for selling Liberal rules in Quebec, he was once given an strange volume of autonomy in his constituency, and, as the leading Minister had a bad figuring out of the province and of the French language, he used to be relied upon to offer King the French-Canadian viewpoint. Lapointe's position in keeping Liberal celebration harmony, and, by means of extension, nationwide team spirit, used to be an important. Lapointe used to be both very important while it got here to international affairs. He used to be identified to take the lead over King, and the isolationist stance of either politicians served to undermine the League of countries in its dealings with Italy over the invasion of Ethiopia.
Lita-Rose Betcherman attracts on key basic resources for her fabric, together with the Lapointe Papers, the King Papers, the King Diary, and the media of the days. Ernest Lapointe therefore files Canadian politics and society in a rigourous and available demeanour that would entice a scholarly and normal audiences.
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Extra resources for Ernest Lapointe: Mackenzie King's Great Quebec Lieutenant
To no surprise of the insiders, he himself was nominated by Lachance. Two days later, before a large crowd at the skating rink in the district of St Roch, Lapointe accepted the nomination in Quebec East. 32 On 14 October 1919 Lapointe stood up in the House of Commons and 34 Ernest Lapointe announced his resignation as the member for Kamouraska. ) On 27 October he won the by-election over a couple of independent candidates by a huge majority, and on 5 November he was introduced by Mackenzie King as the member for Quebec East.
Lapointe disagreed. Waiving his copy of the treaty, he pointed out that the signatories for the Dominions were not among the twenty-seven specified parties to the treaty - their names appeared merely as representatives of their countries. ' He moved on to question Canada's role in the League of Nations, the international body created by the Treaty of Versailles to keep world peace. Canada had not become a member on its own volition, Lapointe declared. Rather, it had been 'contracted in' as part of the British Empire.
Lapointe's initial response was that it would entail a sacrifice for him to be away from his new law practice for more than a few weeks in the fall. King took him at his word. In the latter part of August Lapointe received a letter from King. The tour was going to last some six to eight weeks, and bearing in mind what Lapointe had tofd him, King had arranged with Dr Henri Beland to take over part of the tour. Beland would accompany King through British Columbia ('his war service will be a help there') while Lapointe would join King in Edmonton and they would work their way eastward through the prairies ('the farmers are particularly anxious to hear you').