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Stephen Leacock’s The Great Election in Missinaba County

The Story


A recounting by Alan Maitland of the tale of an election in the imaginary county of Missinaba, in the Dominion of Canada, as viewed by humourist Stephen Leacock. Liberal incumbent John Henry Bagshaw finds himself in a battle with Conservative Josh Smith, the proprietor of Smith's Hotel, with independent Edward Drone quietly working away at his own bid. The great day brings victory to one party and its candidate, and the inhabitants of Missinaba and the town of Mariposa are high-spirited in their celebration of the judiciousness of their choice.

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: July 1, 1993
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 19:13

Did You know?


• Stephen Butler Leacock was born in England on Dec. 30, 1869, and came with his parents to Canada when he was six years old.  They settled on a farm on the shore of Lake Simcoe.

• Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, published in 1912, is the fictional account of Mariposa, located on Lake Wissanotti.  He modelled the town on Orillia, where he spent summers as a boy, and it is perhaps his best known work.


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