Canadian citizenship is only 70 years old

Until 1947, Canadians were still considered British subjects, albeit living in an independent, self-governing country

Canadian citizenship is only 70 years oldTORONTO, Ont. Jan. 5, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It may come as a surprise but Canadian citizenship is just 70 years old. After passing Parliament on June 27, 1946, the Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect on Jan. 1, 1947. The first citizenship ceremony, during which 26 individuals received their certificates, took place in Ottawa…

Pierre Trudeau and Canada’s October Crisis

Invoking the War Measures Act was an iconic moment in the former prime minister's career, but was it just authoritarian posturing?

Pierre Trudeau and Canada’s October CrisisTORONTO, Ont. Oct. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It was an iconic and defining moment in Pierre Trudeau’s political career. Confronted by CBC reporter Tim Ralfe about the presence of soldiers on Ottawa’s streets in the autumn of 1970, Trudeau gave no quarter. Ralfe’s questioning about the prime minister’s decision to deploy the military was persistent and…

King, Lapointe friendship bridged the two solitudes

The friendship between King and Lapointe formed the lynch pin of national unity during a key period of Canadian political history

Harry S. Truman is reputed to have said if you want a friend in Washington, D.C., then get a dog. Mackenzie King, Canada’s prime minister through most of the 1920s-1940s, seems to have enjoyed both human and canine friends. In January 1941, his dog, Pat, died at the age of 17. Conrad Black explains how, on…

Putting to rest a Fenian rebellion fantasy

Folklore and reality clash when it comes to examining North America's role in quelling an Irish rebellion

Putting to rest a Fenian rebellion fantasyTORONTO, Ont. April 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - When I was a child in Dublin, a popular patriotic ballad began with the line “Deep in Canadian woods we’ve met, from one bright island flown.” No, it wasn’t about the joys of being a lumberjack – it was a celebration of the failed 1866 Fenian invasion of Canada.…

Macdonald and Cartier’s bond helped form Canada

The friendship of John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier was the crucible of Canadian Confederation

Macdonald and Cartier’s bond helped form CanadaThe friendship of John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier was the crucible of Canadian Confederation. They were political partners from when Cartier joined the cabinet of the Liberal-Conservative coalition in 1855 to Cartier’s death in 1873. With George Brown’s Canada West Reformers, they led the “Great Coalition” toward constitutional reform. Macdonald and Cartier worked from a foundation of responsible government…

St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always as benign as it is today

Toronto’s St. Patrick’s Day riot of 1858 began when an Orangeman used his horse-drawn cab to disrupt the parade

St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t always as benign as it is today[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/1858-toronto-st-patricks-day-riot/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/st-patricks-day/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]St. Patrick's Day[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. March 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Nowadays St. Patrick’s Day is thought of as a social occasion characterised by parades, green beer, celebration and jollity. However, that wasn’t always…

Shared principles can overcome even profound political differences

Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontain' friendship allowed them to approach politics with moderation and principled prudence

In an era of hyper-partisanship, it is worthwhile to examine a friendship that helped form Canadian politics. Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine were the fathers of responsible government in Canada. They believed that such government must be neither English nor French, but Canadian. And the friendship of Baldwin, the Upper Canadian Anglican, and Lafontaine, the Lower Canadian Roman Catholic, transcended the ethnic, linguistic,…

Canadian transcontinental railroad 130 years old Nov 7

On November 7, 1885, the railroad’s ceremonial last spike was driven in Craigellachie, BC

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