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Canadian Founding: John Locke and Parliament Janet Ajzenstat

Canadian Founding: John Locke and Parliament

Janet Ajzenstat

Published May 28th 2007
ISBN : 9780773575936
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216 pages
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Convinced that rights are inalienable and that legitimate government requires the consent of the governed, the Fathers of Confederation - whether liberal or conservative - looked to the European enlightenment and John Locke. Janet Ajzenstat analyzesMoreConvinced that rights are inalienable and that legitimate government requires the consent of the governed, the Fathers of Confederation - whether liberal or conservative - looked to the European enlightenment and John Locke. Janet Ajzenstat analyzes the legislative debates in the colonial parliaments and the Constitution Act (1867) in a provocative reinterpretation of Canadian political history from 1864 to 1873. Ajzenstat contends that the debt to Locke is most evident in the debates on the making of Canadas Parliament: though the anti-confederates maintained that the existing provincial parliaments offered superior protection for individual rights, the confederates insisted that the unions general legislature, the Parliament of Canada, would prove equal to the task and that the promise of life and liberty would bring the scattered populations of British North America together as a free nation.