Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Life of Hamilton

Reading this long, thoughtful, provocative essay about Alexander Hamilton in City Journal, a mag ostensibly about urban affairs rather than history, I wonder who might ever contribute material like this on any Canadian politician... and who would publish it if they did?

In the meantime, there's David Mitchell in the Globe & Mail, claiming R.B. Bennett as the true father of the activist federal government. Mitchell skates around the fact that most of Bennett's economic legislation was invalidated by the courts. As I understand it, it was the Second World War crisis and the postwar expansions that really facilitated vigorous federal incursion into territories previously considered provincial jurisdiction.
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