Political Thought of Lord Durham

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jan 1, 1988 - History - 160 pages
While the standard interpretation has portrayed Durham as prejudiced and ignorant about French Canada, Ajzenstat shows that, on the contrary, the assimilation proposal follows from Durham's consideration of ways of opening the widest political and economic opportunities for French Canadians. She argues that far from being "racist," as so many historians have suggested, Durham's proposals reflect the tolerance at the heart of liberalism which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, origin, or creed.

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Janet Ajzenstat is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at McMaster University.

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