Category Archive: Civic and Political History

The History Inside Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

mt pleasant oliver mowat

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery was designated a National Historic Site in 2000 and with good reason. The cemetery marks the final resting place of nearly 170,000 people, including: Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best, discoverers of insulin and heroes to millions of diabetes sufferers and their families Dr. Allan G. Brown, Physician in Chief at …

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The Champions – René Lévesque vs Pierre Elliott Trudeau

A wonderful three-part series by the National Film Board of Canada. Watching the first twenty minutes of part two where the 1968 leadership race is held was of particular interest to me, having been at two different announcements this year in federally and provincially. The series can also be found on the NFB’s website here: …

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#NBD Liberal Prime Ministers

Jean Chretien

The #nbd Campaign My sister and I like to jokingly say the letters ‘NBD’ to one another when we are sarcastically saying something is ‘no big deal’ when in reality it is. It occurred to me that the Liberal record of achievement in improving Canada is lengthy, even when broken down by specific Prime Ministers. …

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Today In Canadian History – January 27th


1859 – George-Etienne Cartier names Ottawa the capital of the Canadas 1916 – Manitoba becomes the first province to grant women the vote 1967 – Canada signs the UN Outer Space Treaty, a commitment to peaceful exploration and use

Bringing Our National History to Life on Parliament Hill

parliament hill statue layout

The combination of Commemoration Circuit and the Path of the Premiers would help bring Canadian history to Parliament Hill to the necessary degree that has not yet been carried out. Canadians need a stronger relationship with their history and our government can help.

Today in Canadian History – June 22

1603 – Samuel de Champlain lands in Quebec

1774 – The British Parliament passes the Quebec Act, granting Catholics in Quebec religious freedom

1864 – George Brown forms the Great Coalition Ministry with Cartier and Macdonald

1869 – The Canadian government purchases Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company to create the Northwest Territories

1873 – The Assembly of Prince Edward Island agrees to petition the British government to join Canada

1960 – Quebec Liberals under Jean Lesage defeat the Union Nationale under Maurice Duplessis beginning the Quiet Revolution

1976 – Parliament votes to abolish the death penalty in Canada

Today in Canadian History – June 4


1524 – Jacques Cartier spots Prince Edward Island

1812 – United States Congress votes for war against Britain sparking the War of 1812 that will officially begin when President James Madison later declares his country to be at war with Britain

1868 – British government states it will not allow the secession of Nova Scotia from Confederation

1979 – Joe Clark becomes Canada’s 16th and youngest Prime Minister, taking office only one day before his 40th birthday

1990 – Brian Mulroney calls First Minister’s conference in an attempt to get unanimous support for the Meech Lake Accord

1992 – Joe Clark’s Referendum Bill passes

Fracturing the Federation


How the politics of concession in provincial relations is damaging Canada and Canadian federalism.

1841 and the 4th Riding of York

Irresponsible Government

It’s time to recognize LaFontaine, Baldwin and the sorely missing concept of Responsible Government.

Toronto and Canada’s Forgotten History


Canadians need a better relationship with our history. I know there is an appetite for it as I saw at the ROM sponsored debate series this winter called History Wars. But in a city where heritage buildings literally crumble as citizens walk by, I think both our politicians and we as citizens must do more to protect our historical narrative as a country and as a people.

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