The Macdonald-Laurier Institute today published the first of a planned series of papers on Canada’s Founding Ideas. “Confederation and Individual Liberty“, by acclaimed Canadian scholar Janet Ajzenstat, celebrates the founding of Canada and those Founders who played key roles intellectually and in their actions.
Ajzenstat makes a forceful, fact-based case that Canada stands on strong, deeply-rooted liberal democratic philosophical foundations. Using their own words she paints the picture of Founders far more steeped in a concern with liberty, than academic and popular tradition suggests. She proclaims, “We have every reason to be proud of those whose minds and energies gave us Canada, and of the system of Parliamentary self-government at its political core.”
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