Category Archives: History of British North America

The “1867 As Year Zero” School of Canadian History


John Boyko’s Book on John A. Macdonald Historian John Boyko appeared on The Agenda with Steve Paikin on 30 May in order to promote his new book, Sir John’s Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada. Boyko presents this warmed … Continue reading

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Summary of My Panel at the Constitution at 150 Conference


I thank Professor Matthew Harrington for having invited me to present at this Constitution at 150 Conference, and for having organized such an interesting series of talks from 16 to 18 May. In this entry, I provide an account of … Continue reading

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You Can Now Watch the Liberals Expunge Dominion Day from Canadian History


CPAC has recently done Canadians a great public service by uploading all the video footage of the proceedings of the House of Commons from its debut in October 1977 to present. As such, we can now see for ourselves how the Liberals … Continue reading

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The O Canada Bill: Third Reading Purgatory & Grammatical Pedantry


In my AP English class in 2004, I recall that several of my classmates protested against diagramming sentences on the erroneous and misplaced grounds that “Our boss will never ask us to diagram a sentence!” (Incidentally, the fact that we were using … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on National Parks in Canada and the United States


I just overdosed on pseudo-profound American exceptionalism and Tocqueville-inspired democracy babble in this preview for Ken Burns’s PBS documentary on America’s national parks. I thoroughly enjoyed Burns’s documentaries on the US Civil War, Prohibition, and Roosevelts, but based on this … Continue reading

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