Conservative Government Returns to Power in 1878


The Conservatives under the leadership of John A. MacDonald defeated Alexander Mackenzie’s Liberals, returning to power in 1878. Their platform promoted the implementation of a Canadian National Policy, which was highlighted by a strong promotion of solidifying the Canadian border in the West through increased settlement and agricultural development of the region.

In the Pursuit of this National Policy the Conservatives undertook the systematic “pacification” of the plains Indians to promote the government’s program of development.
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Implications of the National Policy on Aboriginal Peoples