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Canadian Mutual Fire Insurance Company and a director of the Canada West Farmers' Mutual and Stock Insurance Com- pany. On the government side, in fact, sat a fair cross-section of the men prominent in the Ontario economic community of 1872. Blake was on his way, too, to building a party representative of the main ethnic groups in the province. Late nineteenth-century voting behaviour was to a great extent traditional, especially in rural Ontario, where there were many discrete communities of a markedly homogeneous ethno-religious character. In these, party loyalties had

abolished because of their protection in the BNA Act. 76 Whitney Papers, Dr Neil MacNish, Cornwall, to Whitney, n February 1895; Meredith to Whitney, 27 April 1895 77 E.g., John Wilson, The Ontario Political Culture,' in Donald C. MacDonald, éd., Government and Politics of Ontario (Toronto 1975), 229; R.J. Drum- mond, 'Voting Behaviour: The Blueing of Ontario,' in ibid., 298 78 Globe, 18 January 1895. Also published as a pamphlet: Mowat, Ostracism of Roman Catholics; The Legislation and Administration of Public Affairs, i8j2 to j8c4; The Finances (n.p. [1895]). The