George-Étienne Cartier: Quebec's Lion of Confederation

Without the support and persuasiveness of George-Étienne Cartier, Quebec might not have united with the rest of the Dominion.

Text by Jean-Philippe Proulx

February 25, 2015

When discussing the Fathers of Canadian Confederation, the conversation most often turns to the alliance between John A. Macdonald and George Brown. But without the support and persuasiveness of George-Étienne Cartier, Quebec might not have united with the rest of the Dominion.

Among Cartier’s many achievements is instituting the Civil Code in Quebec and establishing provinces. Politically astute, he wielded great influence in the area of urban and economic development, not only in Montreal but all across Canada. However, few Canadians are aware of the legacy we received from George-Étienne Cartier. Lauded by some, vilified by others, Cartier led a fascinating life.

As part of commemorating the 200 years since his birth, CPAC broadcasted this special video profiling Quebec’s “Lion of Confederation” in 2014.

Watch on CPAC: Quebec’s “Lion of Confederation”

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