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The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr.

“I am not afraid to be called a politician,” declared Paul Martin Sr., defending his life’s work in politics. “Next to preaching the word of God, there is nothing nobler than to serve one’s fellow countrymen in government.” This book examines Martin’s remarkable career as a liberal reformer and cabinet minister who tackled the issues of his day with consummate political skill and gritty determination. Though some mocked his ambition and doubted his progressive politics, his resolute championing of health care and pension rights, new meanings for Canadian citizenship, and internationalism in world affairs would leave its mark on Canada’s political landscape.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Bothwell and John English


1 Sweet Paul, 1903-30

2 The Young Politician, 1930-39

3 A Conquered World, 1939-45

4 The Apprentice Minister, 1945-48

5 A Liberal in a High-Tory Cabinet, 1948-52

6 The Greatest Country in the World, 1953-56

7 Disappointment and Opposition, 1956-63

8 Saving the World, 1963-64

9 Dealing with Washington, 1964-65

10 Vietnam and a Mood of Protest, 1965-67

11 A Hard-Pressed Minister, 1967

12 Defeat and the Senate, 1968-74

13 Legacies, 1974-92




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