So long Hector-Louis Langevin: wiping away a nation’s history

For the crime of being a man of his times, Canadians are being asked to wipe the memory of a Father of Confederation clean

So long Hector-Louis Langevin: wiping away a nation’s history“We do not allow the dead to rise up against us. … You will be lifted clean out from the stream of history. Nothing will remain of you, not a name in a register, not a memory in a living brain. You will be annihilated in the past as well as in the future. You…

For better or worse, Canada and the U.S. are forever intertwined

One of the motivating factors for Confederation was a fear of post-Civil War United States expansionism

For better or worse, Canada and the U.S. are forever intertwinedIt’s fitting that Canada and the United States both celebrate the official birth of their countries on two days so close together in July. The two nations’ historical trajectories as rival exploiters of the 19th century North American continent may be more parallel than intertwined but they still remain inseparable. That’s especially true if one…

When Buffalo Bill took London by storm

Buffalo Bill was an interesting blend of the authentic and the fictional. Most of all, he was a gifted showman. And the English – including royalty – loved him

One hundred and 30 years ago, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West took London by storm. Opening to the general public on May 9, 1887, the show played to massive audiences during its five-month run. And it wasn’t just the masses who flocked to the pageant. Queen Victoria saw it twice, joined the second time by a host of…

The Meech Lake Accord and the destruction of a political party

Brian Mulroney's insistence on crafting constitutional change went from master stroke to the death of the Progressive Conservative Party

The Meech Lake Accord and the destruction of a political partyPolitics can be a funny business. One minute you’re riding high believing you’ve hit a home run, then it turns out you’ve actually struck out. That happened in Canada 30 years ago. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s Meech Lake Accord was initially heralded as a master stroke, only to subsequently prove instrumental in the disintegration of his federal…

A multi-candidate Tory leadership race from another era

50 years ago the Tories selected Robert Stanfield from a large roster of candidates to replace John Diefenbaker. Stanfield went on to lose to Pierre Trudeau

A multi-candidate Tory leadership race from another eraTORONTO, Ont., April 20, 2017 /Troy Media/ – I’m having a hard time developing any interest in the federal Conservative leadership campaign. It’s not that the candidates repel me. So far, they just bore me. It was different 50 years ago. Then, I was keenly interested in the Tory leadership race that unseated John Diefenbaker. It…

Conservatives should distance themselves from Beyak

Senator's twisted perspective on residential schools and the horrible suffering students went through should not be accepted by the party or other Canadians

Conservatives should distance themselves from BeyakANTIGONISH, N.S., April 19, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Canada’s last Indian residential school closed in 1996. The residential schools experience is not ancient history. Nor was the residential school experience positive, despite comments from Conservative Sen. Lynn Beyak. It’s easy to be blasé about the topic when you’ve never been around First Nation and Metis peoples…

Easter 1917 marked a First World War turning point

The Canadians took Vimy Ridge and the Americans finally entered the war. But it would be folly to suggest that the U.S. won the war

Easter 1917 marked a First World War turning pointTORONTO, Ont., April 6, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Thanks to two specific First World War events, the days surrounding Easter 1917 were momentous. One of these events – the successful Canadian assault on Vimy Ridge – is often considered critical to the evolution of a distinct Canadian identity. But the other event – the entry into…

The Canadian who helped tame America’s Wild West

Born in Quebec, Bat Masterson set out to find adventure on America's frontier – and he found plenty, etching his name and deeds in the history books

TORONTO, Ont. Mar. 30, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It was through the cinema of my childhood that I first heard of Bat Masterson. But it wasn’t until I read Tom Clavin’s new book, Dodge City, that I realized Masterson was Canadian. Or at least he was by birth. Masterson entered this world in Henryville, Que., on…

Radical Jack and the birth of modern Canada

Spare a thought for Lord Durham, an unlikely Englishman who played a significant role in the events leading up to Confederation

Radical Jack and the birth of modern CanadaTORONTO, Ont. Mar. 23, 2017 /Troy Media/ – As we anticipate Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations this summer, spare a thought for an unlikely Englishman who played a role in the events leading up to Confederation. John George Lambton, Earl of Durham, may have spent less than six months on Canadian soil but he left his mark. Sometimes…

Donald Trump’s NATO heresy was shared by Pierre Trudeau

If progressives like Trudeau have often been less than enamoured of NATO, why is everyone so alarmed about Trump’s possible apostasy?

Donald Trump’s NATO heresy was shared by Pierre TrudeauTORONTO, Ont. Feb. 10, 2017 /Troy Media/ – As U.S. President Donald Trump shakes up the existing order, the ripples are causing substantial discomfort beyond American shores. Will he, for example, walk away from the decades-long American commitment to collective defence under the auspices of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Canada has a long NATO history.…