This is a book about a great Canadian, Louis St. Laurent! I just love books about Canadian politics.
Under St. Laurent’s government, confederation was completed and three major construction projects, the St. Lawrence Seaway, The Trans-Canada Highway, and a transcontinental natural gas pipeline, were all initiated.
Social welfare programs were also extended, the first Canadian governor-general was appointed and nationwide television broadcasts were begun. Beyond Canada’s borders, St. Laurent promoted an increasingly active and responsible Canadian role in world affairs.
These were the achievements of a man who because prime minister almost by accident, a distinguished Quebec lawyer who took office when he was already sixty-six years old. Perfectly bilingual, with an English-speaking mother and a French-speaking father, St. Laurent was a member of both of Canada’s founding cultures. He became, as prime minister, a living symbol of Canadian unity.
St. Laurent has a fine intelligence. He was also generous and he was a man who wasn’t soon to be forgotten.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth