Behind the Scenes: The Life and Work of William Clifford Clark

Behind the Scenes: The Life and Work of William Clifford Clark

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by Robert A. Wardhaugh

IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2010
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William Clifford Clark, federal deputy minister of finance from 1932 to 1952, had a profound impact on Canadian history. An important intellectual figure during the first half of the twentieth century, he was leader of 'The Ottawa Men,' a group of federal civil servants who shaped a new liberal vision of the nation. Robert A. Wardhaugh chronicles Clark's contributions to Canada's modern state in Behind the Scenes, which reconstructs the public life and ideas of one of Canada's most important bureaucrats.

The Department of Finance sat at the centre of critical federal decisions and debates. From this axis, Clark's wide-ranging contributions to Canadian policy were nothing short of phenomenal: he was the driving force behind the creation of the Bank of Canada and he spearheaded national housing policy. Clarke also managed the economy during the Great Depression and during the Second World War and he was instrumental in forging Canada's international economic role in the postwar era.

Robert A. Wardhaugh is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Western Ontario.


Preface 3
Chapter 1An Academic Mind, 1889-19229
Chapter 2American Financier, 1922-193246
Chapter 3Civil Servant, 1932-193586
Chapter 4A New Boss, 1935-1939128
Chapter 5Preparing For War, 1939-1940190
Chapter 6Dark Days, 1940-1941231
Chapter 7Mobilizing the Nation, 1941-1942269
Chapter 8 Building a Brave New World, 1942-1943311
Chapter 9Getting the Job Done, 1944-1945350
Chapter 10The Postwar World and New Beginnings, 1946394
Chapter 11The Trials of Prosperity, 1947-1949433
Chapter 12The End of an Era, 1950-1952470
Chapter 13Conclusion496
Bibilography 512
Endnotes 535

'William Clifford Clark was a creator of modern Canada, but he was remarkably little known—until now. Robert A. Wardhaugh's able biography puts this pre-eminent Ottawa Man into the spotlight at last.'

J.L. Granatstein, author of The Ottawa Men

'Behind the Scenes reconstructs the public life and ideas of one of Canada's most important civil servants—William Clifford Clark, who exerted a profound influence on the conduct of the whole of the public service. Deserving of a wide readership, this accessible work adds valuable insights and new details to what was a formative chapter in Canadian political and economic history.'

Matthew Bellamy, Department of History, Carleton University

‘Wardhaugh's biography is comprehensive, exhaustively reviewing the archival sources, well written and a pleasure to read… For anyone interested in the history and politics of mid-twentieth-century Canada, this is an essential read.’

Colin Campbell; British Journal of Canadian Studies: vol 24:02:2011