Written by Ian McLeod. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview The political left in Canada has drawn an astonishing number of leaders from the ranks of clergy. The first leader of a socialist (CCF) government in Canada was the former Baptist minister, Tommy Douglas, in Saskatchewan, and the first leader […]
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Written by George Grant. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview Like one of his best-selling novels, the life of John Buchan was full of adventure and achievement. He was one of the most accomplished men of the twentieth century: a successful barrister, a respected scholar, a popular journalist, a trusted […]
Synopsis Frank C. Peters, a Mennonite Brethren pastor who became president of Waterloo Lutheran University and used his leadership and relational skills to help that institution move from the private faith-based sector into the public sphere, ultimately re-named Wilfrid Laurier University.
Written by Marguerite Van Die. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview “A faith formed, tested, and strengthened by family tragedy.“ Margaret Proctor Burwash had a keen interest in the welfare of female students at the University of Toronto’s Victoria College, and believed that their education should be largely in the […]
Written by Randi Warne. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview Nellie McClung had a vision for Canada and for western Canada in particular. Calling it the Land of the Second Chance and the Land of the Fair Deal, McClung believed that the western prairie was a perfect place to build […]
Written by Preston Jones. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview Lionel-Adolphe Groulx did not only write history, he made it, stoking the flame of Quebec nationalism. Groulx was a historian who believed that pride in the past would give French Canadians confidence in their future. Despite thirty-four years as a […]
Written by John D. Hull. Copyright © 1998 by Michael D. Clarke, used with permission. Overview Oswald J. Smith was born in November, 1889. He spent part of his childhood assisting his father at the Embro Station train depot near London, Ontario. His most sobering responsibility was to light the semaphore signal lamps about a […]
Synopsis David See-Chai Lam, a Hong Kong-born businessman/philanthropist who served several years as British Columbia’s lieutenant-governor. A strong evangelical Baptist by faith, he also brought Confucian concepts of “harmony” into play in creative encouraging conflict resolution and management in business, public and religious life.
Early Years When George Grant arrived at Oxford in October 1939 as the Rhodes Scholar from Queen’s University in Kingston, it was his plan to study law and to then return to Canada to work as a constitutional lawyer. Such a career would have coincided perfectly with his mother’s ambitions for him. His two grandfathers, […]