Download PDF by David John Hall: Clifford Sifton, Volume 2: The Lonely Eminence, 1901-1929

By David John Hall

ISBN-10: 077480209X

ISBN-13: 9780774802093

A Lonely Eminence is the second one of 2 volumes tracing the general public lifestyles and instances of Clifford Sifton, one in every of Canada’s so much debatable politicians. quantity II examines Sifton’s existence and paintings within the 20th century, specially his political actions. Sifton’s involvement within the early management of the Yukon Territory is analyzed, as is his difficulty for a rational, all-Canadian transportation coverage and his position in railway improvement within the west. quantity II of Clifford Sifton, like quantity I, is wealthy in ancient element and is the results of wide learn into unique old assets. The power and value of Sifton’s public and political profession emerge from this political biography, to be able to be of curiosity to Canadian historians and political scientists, in addition to to an individual drawn to the expansion and improvement of Canada.

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All in all, it was not a good way to build mutual trust and teamwork between the provincial and federal Liberal organizations. A new team spirit was what Sifton had been trying for months to infuse into the Manitoba Liberals. Thus it was ironic that he should have failed so completely to be conciliatory to the disappointed and bitter local Grits on the school fund issue. For several years Sifton had believed that the "indolent" leadership of the provincial Liberals was their greatest hindrance.

77 An even better opportunity presented itself to Sifton early in 1903. While he was on a visit to Winnipeg, representatives of the Manitoba grain dealers waited upon him to register their dissatisfaction with the new Grain Act. " It was "class legislation" and so discriminatory with respect to distribution of cars that many elevator men were unlikely to remain in business. Perfectly sensing the mood of the West, Sifton replied that usually it was the farmers who were complaining and accusing him of conspiring with the grain dealers; now he heard the reverse accusation.

For someone like Sifton, who tried to control every possible share in his companies, the new law would make life much easier. Another provision eliminated the need for detailed annual returns concerning the shareholders and activities of the company, except at the discretion of the secretary of state. 45 Undoubtedly the legislation had its strong points from a businessman's perspective, but it removed from public scrutiny much connected with the business interests of Canada and consolidated greater power in the hands of those controlling the corporations.

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