By James Daschuk

In arresting, yet harrowing, prose, James Daschuk examines the jobs that previous global illnesses, weather, and, such a lot disturbingly, Canadian politics—the politics of ethnocide—played within the deaths and subjugation of millions of aboriginal humans within the consciousness of Sir John A. Macdonald's "National Dream".

It used to be a dream that got here at nice price: the current disparity in overall healthiness and monetary wellbeing and fitness among First international locations and non-Native populations, and the lingering racism and false impression that permeates the nationwide realization to at the present time. Clearing the Plains is a travel de strength that dismantles and destroys the view that Canada has a unique declare to humanity in its therapy of indigenous peoples. Daschuk indicates how infectious ailment and state-supported hunger mixed to create a creeping, relentless disaster that persists to the current day. The prose is gripping, the research is incisive, and the narrative is so chilling that it leaves its reader shocked and disturbed. For days after examining it, i used to be not able to shake a profound feel of sorrow. this can be fearless, evidence-driven heritage at its best. " Elizabeth A. Fenn, writer of Pox Americana

Literary Awards
Canadian Aboriginal heritage ebook Prize (2014)
Canadian historic organization Clio Prize for The Prairies (2014)
Sir John A. Macdonald Prize (2014)

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It showed confidence, but it also meant that his rallies were not as well attended as they could have been. By contrast, the Liberals ran attack ads against Dix questioning his integrity and depicting him as a spinning weathervane. ” At the outset of the race, with her party so far behind, it looked like her campaign was powered by denial. By the end, her forceful style would prove its worth. The race turned in the last days of April. Not wanting to appear anti-development and give ammunition to the Liberals, Dix had hesitated in the past to take a position on the proposed twinning of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

However, Elections Canada had found that Penashue had accepted ineligible campaign contributions to the tune of about $30,000. It was a considerable sum, worth as much as what Russell spent in his losing re-election bid, and Penashue resigned his seat in order “to be accountable” to his constituents. The Liberals nominated Yvonne Jones, a former leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Party and sitting MHA for a Labrador-area riding, as their candidate. Polls conducted by Forum Research suggested that the Liberals held a comfortable advantage in the riding.

Turnout in the election was about 57 per cent, but a sample representing 100 per cent of eligible voters may not reflect the opinions of those 57 per cent who cast their ballots. In addition, the responses people give and the actual behaviour of those people on election day are two separate things. Most of the time, the difference between the two is marginal. That is why election polling has been, on the whole, accurate in the past. The quality of a sample can be determined by the degree to which it matches the profile of the population, but asking respondents about what they intend to do in the future cannot be measured with the same precision.

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