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LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture Series

Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin are best known in Canadian history as the architects of responsible government. From Montreal and Toronto respectively, they were both influential in early Canadian politics as lawyers and as members of their respective assemblies.

Between 1848 and 1851, LaFontaine and Baldwin led the “Great Ministry” that established responsible government and enacted hundreds of laws. Their reforms created the roots of modern Canada by moving government away from the European model and toward the concepts of complexity and diversity.

Past LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecturers

2007: The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

2006: George Elliott Clarke

2005: The Honourable Louise Arbour

2004: David Malouf

2003: The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin

2002: Georges Erasmus

2001: Alain Dubuc

2000: John Ralston Saul