Several Fathers of Confederation had a connection to the War of 1812. Only two generations separated the peace of 1814 from the Charlottetown conference -- the same lapse of time (fifty years) as between 1945 and 1995, when Canadians of all ages celebrated “Victory in Europe."
Phyllis Reeve reviews a splendid account of how explorers, traders, and adventurers followed on the heels of pirates, capricious monarchs and merchants to chart the waters of Vancouver Island, and shows how every map and plan has a human story.
There is much creepy virtue-signaling in whites abasing themselves as “settlers.” But there is no road forward because, fundamentally, it is a collectivist concept. This approach blames some people not for what they did but for what somebody like them did. It absolves others of all blame based on skin colour and falsifies their ancestors’ history.
Locating Responsible Government in 1848 divorces it from its proper context. And it ignores contemporary 19th century authorities, like Sir John A. Macdonald, who said that the grant of Responsible Government occurred not in 1848 but in 1841.
Revisiting the controversy of Sir John A. Macdonald Interview with Glen Williams, author of "Sir John 'Aryan' Macdonald Revisited" in The Dorchester Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, Autumn/Winter 2018, pp. 3-10. By Marc Montgomery | firstname.lastname@example.orgWednesday 9 January, 2019 For most of Canada’s history, Sir John A Macdonald has been revered as the father of Confederation, the man who in large part created the country out of disparate British colonies. In recent years, his reputation has come under fire with claims of racism and especially by Indigenous groups and others for his having established the disastrous “residential school system”. As the anniversary of...