Election-ready Reading

A selection of recent Canadian political histories.


Compiled by Canada’s History


Posted September 21, 2018

With municipal, provincial, territorial and federal election campaigns underway at any given time in Canada, we decided to present a list of new and recently published books about Canadian political history.

These titles include a compilation of important political speeches, a volume about Canadian political cartoons, and a collection of stories that reveal Indigenous perspectives on history.

Other books explore the evolution of prime ministerial power, immigration during the Cold War, events leading up to the 1970 October Crisis, and other aspects of Canadian politics.

Speeches That Changed Canada, by Dennis Gruending

Embattled Nation: Canada’s Wartime Election of 1917, by Patrice Dutil and David MacKenzie

Read our review.

Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg: This Is Our Territory, by Gidigaa Migizi (Doug Williams)

The Making of the October Crisis: Canada’s Long Nightmare of Terrorism at the Hands of the FLQ, by D’Arcy Jenish

Sketches from an Unquiet Country: Canadian Graphic Satire 1840–1940, edited by Dominic Hardy, Annie Gérin, and Lora Senechal Carney

Czech Refugees in Cold War Canada, by Jan Raska

Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts its History, by J.R. Miller

Prime Ministerial Power in Canada: Its Origins under Macdonald, Laurier, and Borden, by Patrice Dutil

Being Prime Minister, by J.D.M. Stewart

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