Located midway between east and west, Manitoba has had an impact on Canada that goes far beyond geography. Here, more than once, the proponents of the nation's two official languages have met to determine Canada's future. More often than not those meetings have created an atmosphere of conflict and passion. Louis Riel. The Manitoba Schools Question. The Official Languages debate. Political journalist Frances Russell examines the way the issues that define Canada have been tested here, and the results that changed the nation. Illustrated, with a century of editorial cartoons, this controversial book also contains a bibliography and index.