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William McDougall: Dreams and Disappointments of a Confederation-era politi...

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Council Chamber, North York Civic Centre

5100 Yonge Street

Toronto, ON M2N 5V7

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“His public life has been a peculiar one,” a contemporary wrote of Toronto’s William McDougall. “His bitterest enemy will not deny that he is one of our ablest public men. [But] his influence for some years past has not been commensurate with his abilities.” McDougall participated in all the confederation conferences of the 1860's, sat in the new nation’s first cabinet, and was a key advocate for Canada’s westward expansion. A radical spokesman for the plain farmers of Canada West at one moment, a John A. Macdonald Conservative at another, McDougall was present at the great moments of the founding of the Canadian state, yet he never quite took charge of them, and sometimes lamented he had wasted his life and talents. William McDougall was among the most intriguing of the makers of Confederation, and he has never had a major biography.

Hosted by the North York Historical Society, in collaboration with the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the North Toronto Historical Society, and the City of Toronto's MomenTO Canada 150 program, join us on October 19th for this special lecture event as Governor-General’s Award-winning historian Christopher Moore uses the stormy life of William McDougall to explore the whirlpools and riptides of political life in Toronto and the Dominion of Canada 150 years ago.

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Public transit (TTC): Subway to North York Centre Station.

Wheel-Trans: The south doors serve as a pick-up and drop-off location for Wheel-Trans customers travelling to North York Civic Centre and the Toronto District School Board.

The north doors serve as a pick-up and drop-off location for Wheel-Trans customers going to the Toronto Public Library located next door. See map for locations.

Parking: There are five reserved accessible parking spots at the south doors. See map for location.

Municipal Parking (Green P) is available on the west side of Beecroft Road. For more information please call 416-393-7275 or visit www.greenp.com. See map for location.

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Please direct any enquiries, including questions concerning accessibility, to hugh.barnett@mail.utoronto.ca.


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