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Great Canadian Speeches: Words that Shaped a Nation

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Summary

More than a history book or a work of reference, Great Canadian Speeches is a pleasure to read. It features the skilful use of words conveying visions, beliefs and aspirations. Whether it be Lester Pearson addressing the Royal Canadian Legion during the height of the Flag Debate or Trudeau’s 1980 Referendum speech at the Paul Sauvé Arena, this book brings to life the pivotal moments in the history of Canada as a nation.

OTHER SPEECHES INCLUDE:

• Louis Riel’s trial statement

• Wilfrid Laurier on the death of John A. Macdonald

• Arthur Meighen at Vimy Ridge

• Mackenzie King on the Conscription Crisis

• Lester Pearson accepting the Nobel Peace Prize

• Charles de Gaulle’s 'Vive le Québec libre' speech

• Pierre Trudeau on the implementation of the War Measures Act

• Jean Chrétien on the events of September 11, 2001

• Macdonald’s impassioned promotion of Confederation to the installation of Adrienne Clarkson, the first Governor General to have arrived in the country as a refugee.

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