Holding local office as a magistrate was almost essential for further prominence, but holding a commission in the militia was equally if not more important. Anglicanism was an enormous advantage in achieving prominence. In addition, national origin was also an important political divider: the number of prominent Scots was even greater than historians have previously suspected while there was a consistent under-representation of native-born Canadians in the group studied. Prominence was usually bestowed from above, rather than achieved by upward striving and merit. Consequently patronage, having the right connections in the central executive government, was crucial to advancement beyond the first levels of prominence. Correct political views were necessary for advancement, but religion and nationality were at least as significant. Becoming Prominent includes an extensive appendix which contains the biographical data upon which the author's findings are based.
Harry G. Johnson, who died in 1977, was an economist, polemicist, and the author and editor of fifty-two books, including Money, Trade and Economic Growth and The Monetary Approach to the Balance of Payments. William Watson teaches economics at McGill