|Title||The profligate province: Roderick Haig-Brown and the modernizing of British Columbia|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2001|
|Authors||Keeling, A, McDonald, RAJ|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF CANADIAN STUDIES-REVUE D ETUDES CANADIENNES|
|Keywords||20th century, Canada, Economic development, History, HUMANITIES, Modernization, MULTIDISCIPLINARY, POLITICS, Writers|
After the Second World War, British Columbia experienced a period of rapid expansion and modernization, when politicians and the public alike brimmed with optimism about the prosperity and luxury to be harvested from the province's bountiful resource hinterland. Amidst the panegyrical promise of development, few voices, either left or right, questioned the ideology of progress, and historians intrinsically link the period with capitalist growth and modernization. by contrast, the British-born popular writer, magistrate and conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown articulated a different vision of British Columbia, one that questioned the modernist project in its cultural nad physical manifestations. Haig-Brown was not an anti-modernist, but his critique, particularly through his conservation messages, promoted the values of civility, tolerance and respect for community and nature. The configuration fo modern ideas int he thought of Haig-Brown tempers the notion of a hegemonic, universal modernity and supports the idea of 'multiple modernities'.