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Prime ministerial power in Canada : its origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden

Dutil, Patrice A., 1960- author

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  • Creator Patrice Dutil
  • Format Books
  • Publication Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, 2017.
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  • Physical Details
    • xviii, 394 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 0774834730, 9780774834735
  • OCLC ocn963913698


  • "Many Canadians lament that prime ministerial power has become too concentrated since the 1970s. This book contradicts this view by demonstrating how prime ministerial power was centralized from the very beginning of Confederation and that the first three important prime ministers - Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden - channelled that centralizing impulse to adapt to the circumstances they faced. Using a variety of innovative approaches, Patrice Dutil focuses on the managerial philosophies of each of the prime ministers. He shows that by securing a firm grip on the instruments of governance these early first ministers inevitably shaped the administrations they headed, as well as those that followed."--


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Issued also in electronic formats.