History 3813 - Ziedenberg - Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine

 

Introduction

Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine was a remarkable French Canadien politician. Originally a passionate Patriote, Lafontaine was deterred by their militant turn and instead pursued a moderate but determined path to achieve Canadien social and political empowerment. His joint efforts with Robert Baldwin and Sir Francis Hincks brought about the responsible government system in Canada, a significant advance towards Confederation. Lafontaine was a truly skilled and laudable politician in Canadian history.