Wilfrid Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier is the 7th Prime Minister of Canada, and is known as the “Great Compromiser” to many. Started as a farm boy, he got a law degree from McGill, and ran the newspaper Le Defricheur. As a university student he found his passion for politics. Elected as liberal member of House of Commons in 1874, he later became the first French Canadian to lead the Liberal Party. He fought for compromises to reconcile the two cultures, French and English, which is the reason why he is now known as the Great Compromiser. Becoming the 7th Prime Minister in 1896, he was the first French Canadian Prime Minister. Some of his achievements during that time was the Manitoba Schools Question, question about learning Catholic education in public schools and the Boer War of 1899, offering volunteers force to help with British. He lead many compromises that satisfied both groups.

I believe he is very significant due to the reason that he had made many compromises that satisfied both groups, and developed Canada and Canada’s education which lead to the Canada we have today.

Lafontaine and Baldwin

Lafontaine and Baldwin are extraordinary Canadians, who introduced and brought democracy to to this country. They have put their lives to risk for the sake of a responsible government. If it wasn’t for Lafontaine and Baldwin to call the military troops to stop a group of orangemen who attacked parliament because the the bill was not vetoed by the governor general, we wouldn’t have the democracy that Canada has today. By working together they solved Canada’s political system which was much in need of reform.

Many say that they are one of the most historically significant Canadians, and I believe that is true. By bringing in responsible government, they were the first ones to introduce democracy to this country, which shaped the Canada it is today.

 

Glenn Gould

Glenn Gould is one of the most significant Canadian musician, being one of the best known and most celebrated pianists of the 20th century. He have created a new spectrum of music that was never played before and will not be able to be seen again because it was Gould and only Gould who would be able to do it. Being called a genius, he influenced many Canadian’s view on music and made it easier to approach. He created his own language by playing the piano, that is how he communicated to people. As music brings the emotions out of people, that what he did. He may not be significant when compared to many extraordinary Canadians. He did not create free medicare like Tommy Douglas neither did he introduce democracy to this country like Lafontaine and Baldwin, however, he has been to support people through his music and change people perspective on music.

Lord Beaverbrook

What did you learn about history?

  • Lord Beaverbrook was one of the first Canadian to have a international say and have people listening to it, especially because he was so influential during WW1 and WW2. Also, the fact that he had a newspaper chain shows how his perspective had a great impact on people’s perspective. In addition, I have learned that there was a Canadian who held a seat in the British Parliament, which is quite shocking during then.

What did you learn about the doing of history?

  • That there was a Canadian person who people listened internationally during the war times, and that his voice did influence many people’s thoughts and perspective.

What did you learn about the “why” of history?

  • I believe that this history was able to happen because Beaverbrook was such an ambitious kid from a very young age. Having his first job at the age of 11 and being in politics from the age of 17, I believe his childhood did have a big impact on him.

Do you think he is significant and why?

  • I believe he is significant in many ways. First of all, he become a millionaire during his 20s. This is more significant if you think how valuable dollar was during then. Also, to add on that he was the first Canadian to hold a seat in British Parliament. In addition, he started a chain of newspaper, which made his opinion very valuable and powerful because “Without a free press, there is no democracy.”

Emily Carr

What did you learn about history?

  • I didn’t know Emily Carr was before this seminar, so the fact that not I know who this amazing artist is a great learning. Also, I have learned that she was a white women who drew drawings that were very related to the First Nations. In addition, that she had opened up a new spectrum of art, a part of art that was not most appreciated back then.

What did you learn about the doing of history?

  • That a white women brought Canada’s attention to aesthetic art of First Nation’s. This is very ironic in many ways. The fact that she was a woman, that she drew indigenous art, and in a new style.

What did you learn about the “why” of history?

  • I find the “why” of this history very sad as a person who stands up for women’s right. The reason Emily Carr was finally brought to people’s attention was due to Group of Seven.The only reason Emily Carr was noted by people was because these seven men approved of her work and thought it was an art that should be shared amongst people. Also, this history happened due to the European environment. The European environment during then were very strict and had many restrictions for women; this caused Carr wanting to rebel – painting new subjects, having a relationship with indigenous people, and being unmarried.

Do you think she is significant and why?

  • I think she is very significant for many reasons. She did not only bring a new spectrum of art into the society, she made people appreciate that kind of art. Also, the fact that she drew indigenous art by staying with the indigenous people even thought at the time it was not considered acceptable.

Nellie McClung

What did you learn about history?

  • I actually knew about Nellie McClung due to that she is such a famous woman figure that is respected for her accomplishments. However,  something I have learned about history and about her is that she was a writer. She wrote 16 books in total, writing about temperance, and prohibition, about real problems. She became an immediate best-seller and had a successful literary career.

What did you learn about the doing of history?

  • I have learned that due to Nellie McClung, women now are able to have rights in her household, divorce, children. In addition, now are able to vote and have a say and influence the government.

What did you learn about the “why” of history?

  • Women until the year of 1916 wasn’t able to vote in Manitoba, and if got a divorce did not have any rights to her household. This was the reason why Women’s Suffrage happened. Because so many women did not have the right to have a say in government, vote, run for a politics, and well for things that men had rights to. Because it was unfair that women were treated in a way they should not have. This was why this history has happened.

Do you think she is significant and why?

  • I believe she is very significant, and many would agree with me. Even though some of her actions and what she stood up for was not ethical, she have given the rights to her house hold, to run for politics, and to vote.

Stephan Leacock

What did you learn about history?

  • I have learned that Canada did have world known writers. I have always thought that Canada did not have that many figures that represented the country literature wise; however, there is quite a few – Lucy Maud Montgomery, Mordecai Richler, Marshall Mcluhan, as well as Stephen Leacock. From them, I could say the most well known as well as significant figure is Stephan Leacok. As a writer of Sunshine Sketches, he wrote about the rural experiences in Ontario. Also, in his writing he tried to come up with solutions for Canadian’s issue and supported women’s rights.

What did you learn about the doing of history?

  • I have learned that Canada is not a mediocre country, which is how it is represented globally; however, has many world-known writers that have stood up for what is right and who have written major pieces such as Sunshine Sketches.  

What did you learn about the “why” of history?

  • I actually haven’t. Maybe it was because during that time period there were no books on Canada’s rural experiences and due to that people thought that it was interesting how Canada can be also seen in such a different perspective.

Do you think he is significant and why?

  • When compared to many other extraordinary Canadians, Stephan Leakcock is not that significant. He has not influenced Canada in a way that Lester B. Pearson or Tommy Douglas has. However, he has changed the world’s perspective on Canada. He has shown a different side of Canada, a side that was never been written about. He also has proved that Canada does have people who have the talent to make people laugh, and cry through writing. He have not influenced Canadians, however, has influenced global thought on Canada. So for that reason, he is significant.