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BOURINOT, John George, Canadian author, born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, 24 October 1837. He was educated first by a tutor at Sydney, and subsequently at Trinity College, Toronto. After leaving College he became a journalist, subsequently studied law for a short time, and in 1860 established the Halifax "Reporter," of which he was chief editor for several years. From 1861 till the year of confederation, 1867, he was chief official reporter to the Nova Scotia assembly, and, after passing through various subordinate grades, he was appointed chief clerk of the dominion house of commons on 18 December 1880. He has contributed largely to British and American periodicals, and has published "The Intellectual Development of the Canadian People " and " The Practice and Procedure of Parliament, with a Review of the Origin and Growth of Parliamentary Institutions in the Dominion of Canada." Mr. Bourinot is honorary secretary of the royal society of Canada, fellow of the statistical society of London, and honorary corresponding secretary of the royal colonial institute.
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