The Golden Age of Liberalism
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The Golden Age of Liberalism

A Portrait of Roméo LeBlanc

By Naomi E. S. Griffiths, Foreword by Jean Chrétien

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This book explores the life and times of Roméo LeBlanc, one of Canada's most popular and successful politicians and statesmen. Probably best known as the long-standing fisheries minister in Pierre Trudeau's cabinet from 1974 to 1982, LeBlanc's career spanned the golden era of Liberalism in Canada. He capped his career during the nineties as the country's twenty-fifth governor general.

Historian Naomi E. S. Griffiths spent many years reading through LeBlanc's papers and interviewing many of his colleagues to explore the worlds he moved in -- Paris in the late forties and early fifties, world capitals during his time as a journalist, and then Ottawa. As a writer with an in-depth knowledge of the Acadian communities of the Maritimes, she knows his roots very well. Her biography covers his early years in New Brunswick where he was born into rural poverty, his years as a journalist in Ottawa, his heyday as a minister in Trudeau's cabinet, and his years at Rideau Hall. Along the way, Ms. Griffiths reveals many intriguing insights about her subject's contemporaries, including Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, and Jean Chrétien. She also discusses the importance of LeBlanc's Acadian heritage in animating all that he did.

This engrossing biography illuinates the life of one of Canada's most beloved politicians and statesmen and, with it, a fascinating era in our history.

Foreword by the Right Honourable Jean Chretien


1 From Memramcook to Rideau Hall
2 Cormier's Cove
3 Transitions and Interruptions, 1948 - 1955
4 Teacher to Journalist: Fredericton to Ottawa and Beyond
5 Foreign Correspondent: London and Washington
6 An Unexpected Path to Political Life
7 From Backbencher to Minister
8 Minister of Fishermen
9 From Elected to Appointed Office


Biographical Sketches
Photographic Sources

"Through LeBlanc's experiences and observations, Griffiths describes the inner workings of the Liberal governments of Lester Pearson, Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chrétien. She pays particular attention to the importance of LeBlanc's Acadian heritage in animating all that he did.

Her biography illuminates the life of one of Canada's most beloved politicians and statesmen and, with it, a fascinating era in our history."

- James Foster Telegraph Journal

"...long overdue...a seamless account of a complicated man. It's an important book filled with history well worth reliving."

- Stephen Kimber Atlantic Books Today

"The Golden Age of Liberalism succeeds in two important particulars. It reveals the deep and abiding love that LeBlanc, a francophone, felt for Canada in an age when Quebec nationalism, even separatism, was fashionable among the chattering classes. It also shows his lifelong commitment to his Acadian people, whom he cherished as an identifiable and important, if often overlooked, minority in Canada."

- Geoffrey Stevens Literary Review of Canada

"The title of the book attracts your eye, but the contents will feed your curiosity...The author, Canada's leading authority on the Acadian experience, reconstructs LeBlanc's life with gentle affection and careful attention to the little things that mattered to her subject."

- Paul W. Bennett Chronicle Herald, The Nova Scotian

NAOMI E. S. GRIFFITHS is recognized for her pioneering work in the fields of Acadian and women's history. She was a professor in the department of history at Carleton for many years, and she is the author or co-author of nine books, including The Context of Acadian History. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 376 pages
Publication Date: 30th September 2011
ISBN: 9781552778968
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 1st December 2011
ISBN: 9781552778975
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  BIO010000, HIS006020, POL042020
Imprint: Lorimer


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