This short biopic profiles Montreal lawyer-turned-politician George-Étienne Cartier as he campaigns to unite English and French Canada under Confederation. The political world of a century ago comes to life as we hear debates in the Parliament of Upper and Lower Canada amidst political strife and personal feuds. Ultimately, Cartier skilfully allays the fears of party and sectional leaders, convincing them that federal union would protect, rather than weaken, Quebec’s cherished rights of language and religion. The eloquent and enigmatic Cartier was instrumental in shaping the Canada that was soon to emerge.
Ages 11 to 18
Study Guide - Guide 1
History - Canada 1867-1914
History - Canada under British Rule (1764-1867)
History and Citizenship Education - Canadian Federation (1850-1929)
History and Citizenship Education - Imperialism and Colonization (1800s-1900s)
Summarize the opposing political views held by George Brown and George Etienne Cartier. Write a newspaper report from the time period that identifies the challenges of uniting Upper and Lower Canada (ensure that the 5Ws are addressed: who, what, where, when, and why). What challenges to accepting Confederation are discussed? Focus in particular on regional concerns. Research Cartier’s contribution and involvement in the Rebellion of 1837 and later at the Charlottetown Conference (1864). In what way does Cartier seek to protect French Canada through Confederation? In the film, Cartier is presented as having two older daughters, however, in reality, only one of his daughters lived past infancy. Why might the director have taken these creative liberties?