Special Collection: Canadian Political and Constitutional History

The Encyclopedia of Canada provides a succinct overview of the political and constitutional history of Canada.

Here we present books in Faded Page that address that history in both broad scope and fine detail. Some are collected volumes of larger encyclopedic series. Others are individual works focussing on specific events in Canadian history, listed by year of publication.

Collected Works

Documents Relating to the Constitutional History of Canada 1759-1791
By Adam Shortt and Sir Arthur G. Doughty (eds.)
Published 1918

A collection of significant documents in Canadian constitutional history, including treaties, acts, petitions, and correspondence between British governmental officials.

Part I
Part II

Lord Durham's Report on the Affairs of British North America
By John George Lambton (Earl of Durham) and Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas
Published 1912

In 1838 Lord Durham was appointed the Governor General of Upper and Lower Canada to seek solutions to the social unrest plaguing these colonies.

Volume 1 Introduction
Volume 2 Text
Volume 3 Appendixes

Canada and its Provinces: A History of the Canadian People and their Institutions by One Hundred Associates. 23 Volumes.
By Sir Arthur G. Doughty and Adam Shortt (eds.)
Published 1914

A comprehensive study of Canadian historical and political development from the arrival of Europeans to the onset of World War I.

The Chronicles of Canada. 32 Volumes.

The principal events and movements in Canada, from the Norse Voyages to the Railway Builders.

Makers of Canada Series

Count Frontenac
By William D. Le Sueur
Published 1909
[Makers of Canada] Volume 3

His rôle as governor general of New France, twice between 1672 and 1698, in established New France.

Mackenzie, Baldwin, Lafontaine, Hincks
By Stephen Butler Leacock
Published 1926
[Makers of Canada] Volume 5 (New and Revised)

Their rôle in the establishment of the Reform Party and its government ministry in pre-Confederation Canada.

Papineau, Cartier
By Alfred D. DeCelles
Published 1926
[Makers of Canada] Volume 5 (New and Revised, Part 2)

Papineau’s political career as leader of the early 19th Century Quebec nationalists. Cartier’s political career from the uprising of 1837 to Confederation.

John Graves Simcoe
By Duncan Campbell Scott
Published 1909
[Makers of Canada] Volume 7

The first lieutenant-governor of the new British colony of Upper Canada.

Baldwin-Lafontaine-Hincks, Responsible Government
By Stephen Leacock
Published 1907
[Makers of Canada] Volume 8

A history of the two governments of the United Province of Canada formed by Robert Baldwin (1804-1858), and Louis-Philippe La Fontaine (1807-1864), which, with the support of Sir Francis Hincks (1807-1885) encouraged the evolution of Canada from a military colony to a representative democracy.

Individual Works

Les Français libres à leurs frères les Canadiens
By Edmond Charles Genêt
Published 1793

Un appel à l'insurrection.

The seventh report from the Select Committee of the House of Assembly of Upper Canada on grievances
By William Lyon Mackenzie
Published 1835

Details the problems in Upper Canada that were causing social grief, leading to the Rebellion of 1837.

A Narrative
By Sir Francis Bond Head
Published 1839

Written by the Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada to justify his actions during the Rebellion of 1837.

Critical Review of Sir Francis Head’s Narrative and of Lord Durham’s Report
By Anonymous
Published 1839

An extended essay, written from a monarchical perspective, that sympathetically summarizes Sir Francis' Narrative while making a caustic attack on the policies and actions of the Colonial Office.

The Life and Times of Wm. Lyon Mackenzie, with an account of the Canadian Rebellion of 1837.
By Charles Lindsey
Published 1862

The life of a Scottish-born Canadian-American journalist and politician whose strong views on political equality and clean government drove him to lead a rebellion.

Volume I
Volume II

The Dominion of Canada
By Henry Youle Hind
Published 1868

An historical sketch of the state of Canada as it approached Confederation.

Guide to counting marked ballots at elections for the House of Commons
By Thomas Hodgins
Published 1878

Instructions on how to administer the novel electoral technique of secret ballots.

Are Legislatures Parliament? A Study and Review
By Fennings Taylor
Published 1879

An examination of the extent of the powers of the legislatures of Canada prior to Confederation.

The Story of the Upper Canadian Rebellion
By John Charles Dent
Published 1885

A detailed recounting of the events leading to and during the rebellion.

Vol. 1
Vol. 2

Bilingualism: Address delivered before the Quebec Canadian Club
By Napoléon-Antoine Belcourt
Published 1916

Addresses the issues of language rivalry in Quebec.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier
By Peter McArthur
Published 1919

Anecdotes that illustrate Laurier’s life.

Life and Letters of Sir Wilfrid Laurier
By Oscar Douglas Skelton
Published 1921

Vol 1
Vol 2

Laurier: A Study in Canadian Politics
By John Wesley Dafoe
Published 1922

Laurier’s political history.

The Making of a Premier: An Outline of the Life Story of the Right Hon. W. L. Mackenzie King, G. M. G.
By Owen E. McGillicuddy
Published 1922

Introduces the young Prime Minister to the Canadian public.

The Life of John Graves Simcoe
By William Renwick Riddell
Published 1926

A biography of the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada.

The Canadian Scene, 1880-1890
By Fred Landon
Published 1942

Discusses life and politics in late 19th century Canada.