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The Constitutions that Shaped Us re-examines from a comparative and critical standpoint the events key players and texts which taken together help to interpret all Canadian constitutions prior to Confederation. The key constitutional documents that are studied in this book are the Royal Proclamation of 1763 the Quebec Act of 1774 the Constitutional Act of 1791 and the 1840 Act of Union. Great Canadian historians of the past take turns in providing unforgettable sketches and understandings of the actions of monumental gures such as Governors Murray Carleton and Elgin British politicians from Pitt to Burke Grey and Durham without forget- ting the leading political and intellectual colonial gures such as Bdard Papineau La Fontaine Mackenzie and Baldwin. Gathering together the most renowned and representative works of con- stitutional scholarship this anthology provides readers with an in-depth account of the events that would ultimately lead to the union of British colonies the birth of the Dominion of Canada and the rebirth of political autonomy in a colony known successively as Quebec Lower Canada Canada East and once again Quebec in 1867. Following a general survey of the various constitutions enacted under British rule this collection in- cludes an equal number of commentaries by French- and English-speaking historians concerning each of the four constitutions to offer the most nuanced view of Canadas origins to date. Guy Laforest is professor of political science at Universit Laval. Eugnie Brouillet is professor and dean in the Faculty of Law at Universit Laval. Alain-G. Gagnon is professor of political science at Universit du Qubec Montral. Yves Tanguay is a PhD student at the Faculty of Law at Universit Laval. Redistributing electoral ridings alters their number revises their boundaries or does both at the same time. Ostensibly the purpose of redistribution is to adjust parliamentary representation for population changes the growth or decline of population or shifts in its territorial distribution and social compo- sition. Before an arms-length commission headed by a judge took control of electoral redistribution in the 1960s parliament effectively the majority party controlled redistribution raising the possibility that the governing party would adjust the ridings for its own advantage a practice known as gerrymandering. Providing detailed analyses of parliamentary redistribution in Ontario that preceded the provinces commissioned ridings of the 1960s George Emerys Principles and Gerrymanders unravels the mechanisms operational strategies and exposure to partisanship of parliamentary redistribution and its inuence on general election outcomes. Using quantitative research methods Emery identies gerrymanders and demonstrates empirically whether or not these worked. He closes with a discussion of the transition to commissioned ridings what has changed in redistribution and what continues from the era when parliament redrew ridings. Contextualized with detailed maps and political cartoons Principles and Gerrymanders is a pioneering study and a major contribution to the literature on Canadian and Ontario political history. George Emery is professor emeritus of history at the University of Western Ontario and the author of The Methodist Church on the Prairies 18961914. 2 9 S P E C I F I C AT I O N S October 2015 978-0-7735-4607-3 39.95A CDN 39.95A US 27.99 paper 978-0-7735-4606-6 100.00S CDN 100.00S US 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 360pp Ebook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S December 2015 978-0-7735-4583-0 100.00S CDN 100.00S US 69.00 cloth 6 x 9 360pp 35 photos 35 maps 26 tables Ebook available The Constitutions that Shaped Us A Historical Anthology of Pre-1867 Canadian Constitutions edited by guy laforest eugnie brouillet alain-g. gagnon and yves tanguay P O L I T I C A L S C I E N C E C A N A D I A N H I S T O R YP O L I T I C A L S C I E N C E C A N A D I A N H I S T O R Y Principles and Gerrymanders Parliamentary Redistribution of Ridings in Ontario 18401954 george emery A window on partisan corruption by majority parties in the redistribution of ridings in Ontario.