For forty years, historians have argued that early twentieth-century provincial governments in Canada were easily manipulated by the industrialists who developed Canada's natural resources, such as pulpwood, water power, and minerals. With In the Power of the Government, Mark Kuhlberg uses the case of the Ontario pulp and paper industry to challenge that interpretation of Canadian provincial politics. Examining the relationship between the corporations which ran the province's pulp and paper mills and the politicians at Queen's Park, Kuhlberg concludes that the Ontario government frequently rebuffed the demands of the industrialists who wanted to tap Ontario's spruce timber and hydro-electric potential. A sophisticated empirical challenge to the orthodox literature on this issue, In the Power of the Government will be essential reading for historians and political scientists interested in the history of Canadian industrial development.
Mark Kuhlberg is an associate professor in the Department of History at Laurentian University.
Introduction Section I: The Setting and The Liberals, 1894-1905 1. The Natural and Political Landscapes 2. "Intent Upon Getting Grain-Growing Settlers Upon the New Land": The Liberals, 1894-1905 Section II: "Large Tracts of Land Are Not Necessary for the Business of Any Company": The Conservatives, 1905-1919 Introduction 3. "We Have Been Most Lenient in Allowing the Company to Run On" 4. "The Jack-Ass Methods of That Department" Section III: "In Order to Keep in Office, They Must Play Politics": The United Farmers of Ontario, 1919-1923 Introduction 5. "This Government Should ... Exercise Responsibility of Dealing with Tenders" 6. "Established Industries which ... Have But Scant Supply" Section IV: "The Chief is the Whole Show": The Conservatives, 1923-1932 Introduction 7. "For Political Purposes" 8. "Political Connections of the Strongest Kind" 9. "Excluded from the Area Given to Spruce Falls" 10. "No Definite Commitment Has Ever Been Made by This Department" 11. "We Shall Continue to Paddle Our Own Canoe" Conclusion: "The Availability of Wood for Industry Is Ambiguous"