Agitation and Rebellion:
Riel and the Farmers in the 1880s
From: The Rise of the New West
Regarding Farmers in the prairies A close examination of the record shows that from the outset, the farmers’ agitations had more to do with senators than seasons, with railway charges than grasshoppers, with land policies than frost, with tariffs than poor yields — indeed, with the many man-made calamities wrought by a distant political and economic system than with the natural disasters faced and overcome.
John F. Conway
JOHN F. CONWAY, a well-known commentator on Western Canadian politics, teaches sociology at the University of Regina. He is the author of The Canadian Family in Crisis and Debts to Pay, and a frequent contributor to newspapers across Canada.