The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent

The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent

Politics and Policies for a Modern Canada

The C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political History

Edited by Patrice Dutil

Published by: UBC Press

530 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm, 10 photos, 10 charts, 22 tables

  • ISBN: 9780774864022
  • Published: November 2020


Much of Canada’s modern identity emerged from the innovative social policies and ambitious foreign policy of Louis St-Laurent’s Liberal government. His extraordinarily creative administration made decisions that still resonate today: on health care, pensions, and housing; on infrastructure and intergovernmental issues; and, further afield, in developing Canada’s global middle-power role and resolving the Suez Crisis. Yet St-Laurent remains an enigmatic figure.

Contributors to The Unexpected Louis St-Laurent assess the degree to which he set the policy agenda. They explore the features of his personality that made him effective (or sometimes less so), the changes he wrought on the state apparatus and federal–provincial relations, and the substance of his government’s policies.

This wide-ranging collection fills a great void in Canadian political history, bringing together seasoned professionals and new scholars to investigate the far-reaching influence of the politician who presided over the last stage of the longest uninterrupted run in power of any party at the federal level.