Category Archives: History of British North America

This Election Has Not Been A Time to Discuss Serious Issues: The Very Unserious Issue of Dual Citizenship


Introduction The media revealed earlier this week that Andrew Scheer is a natural-born citizen of both Canada and the United States. He inherited the American citizenship through his father. This piece of information has generated some considerable controversy, not least … Continue reading

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Changing Canada’s Capital City: Section 16 of the Constitution Act, 1867


Introduction Over the last five weeks or so, two of my closest constitutional compatriots have independently of one another brought up the same issue with me on the subject of section 16 of the Constitution Act, 1867, so I thought … Continue reading

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The Dominion of Canada in 1897


Map of the Dominion of Canada in 1897 My thesis supervisor Rand Dyck gave me a copy of Handbook on Canada, an anthropological compilation published in 1897 by the British Association for the Advancement of Science. This book groups together various … Continue reading

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Canada’s Counter-Manifest Destiny


The Dorchester Review latest issue just came out last week. It includes my little piece on George Brown and Canada’s Manifest Destiny, in which I argue that George Brown — the underrated visionary — saw Confederation as the means of … Continue reading

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The 1867 as Year Zero School of Canadian History Meets the War of 1812


President Trump has not only killed thirty years of free trade between Canada and the United States but also set off a bizarre firestorm about the War of 1812, of all things. In what has been reported to be a … Continue reading

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