By Patrice Dutil

a skilled and vibrant guy of motion, the journalist and flesh presser Godfroy Langlois (1866-1928) used to be on the centre of violent storms of controversy in belle époque Quebec. Vilified via the monks, officially condemned two times by way of the Archbishops of Montreal and run out of the Liberal occasion newspaper which he created and edited for 5 years, Langlois used to be distinctive for his unorthodox politics. He argued for a brand new type of liberalism--a Liberal progressivism--a "radical centre" ideology encouraged via the politics of the French 3rd Republic that used to be ferociously severe of Quebec society and government.
Though continuously supported via many pals, and elected by way of the folks 3 times to the Quebec legislature, Langlois's rules and occupation were forgotten. during this booklet, Patrice Dutil brings again to existence the coterie of freemasons, free-thinkers, self-taught rebels and Liberal sympathizers that formed electoral coalitions, fastened courses in favour of academic reform, got rid of a most desirable from place of work, fought corruption and duplicity and compelled Montreal into new administrative preparations. Liberal progressivism--a precise strand of political considering in Quebec that stretches from the rougisme of the 19th century to the quiet revolution of the Sixties, is explored and outlined because it takes motion on the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

"Patrice Dutil's seminal paintings is destined to refresh our realizing of Canadian and Quebec turn-of- the-century politics and of the decisive impression that Montreal municipal politics had at the governments in Ottawa and Quebec City... this can be a tale informed with out complacency or self-satisfaction, freed from intellectualist jargon, a heady story mentioned at complete throttle in an easy and transparent way." From the preface via Gérard Pelletier

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