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Lord Elgin: Voice of the People

Lord Elgin: Voice of the People

| 28 min

This short film tells the story of Lord Elgin, a man’s whose faith in a nation’s right to self-determination was stronger than the threat of the mob or his own fear of failure. Successor to Lord Durham, he established the principles on which Canadian government stands today.

  • director
    Julian Biggs
  • producer
    Thomas Farley
  • executive producer
    Guy Glover
  • script
    Charles Cohen
  • photography
    John Gunn
  • sound
    Claude Pelletier
  • sound editing
    Stuart Baker
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
  • music
    Robert Fleming
  • cast
    Andrew Allen
    Robert Goodier
    Michael Kane
    Sandra Scott
    Lucien Watier
    Alexander Webster


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Ages 12 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

History - Canada under British Rule (1764-1867)
History and Citizenship Education - Official Powers and Countervailing Powers (1608-present)
History and Citizenship Education - Struggles in the British Colony (1791-1850)
Social Studies - Canadian Politics and Government

Use a Venn Diagram to summarize the views of Upper and Lower Canada at this time. Create a biography on Lord Elgin. Identify the causes and consequences of passing the Rebellion Losses Bill (1849). Select another Governor General in the history of Canada and research their lasting contribution to the country. As a class, rank the significance of these individuals based on shared criteria.

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