Prime Minster John A. Macdonald's National Policies

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Until the 1980s Canadian historians had a tendency to concentrate on economic history, including labour history, because Canada had far less military or governmental conflicts than other societies, particularly in the first half of the twentieth century when economic history was overwhelmingly dominant. McBride and Shields describe the growth of the Canadian State’s role in society and economy as a sequence of National Policies. Prime Minster John A. Macdonald had defined Canada’s economic platform for years by creating a structure that was defined as a National Policy system that would protect costs that would encourage the expansion of Canadian manufacturing. MacDonald’s National Policy contained three parts that would help with the building

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