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"A strong and dominant national feeling is not a luxury in Canada, it is a necessity."
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An upcoming commemorative two-dollar coin will feature Sir John A. Macdonald one one side and, as always, Queen Elizabeth II on the other. That has some people online wondering what “heads” and “tails...
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In a country as wealthy as ours, it is simply wrong to allow 4.8 million Canadians to struggle to make ends meet, leaving so many unable to participate in the building up of the new Canada we all desire. Why must over 840,000 of our neighbours need to turn to a food bank to feed themselves and their families every month -- among them over 310,000 children?
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Sir John A. Macdonald was a complex figure. For all the achievements attributed to him, there are as many flaws. The responsible way to remember the founding father is by acknowledging the entirely of his checkered legacy, not cherry-picking the feel-good foredges of his biography.
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This year, a Sir John A. Macdonald-inspired beer was launched to "celebrate the heritage and greatness of being Canadian" and mark his 200th birthday. Looking closer at the real history, should we celebrate Sir John A as a beloved Canadian hero?
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A surprising number of Canadians are clueless when it comes to being able to name the country’s founding father, a recent Ipsos Reid poll suggests. Commissioned by Historica Canada, the poll found 26...
As people across Canada commemorate the 200th birthday of Sir John A. MacDonald on Sunday, here are six things that may surprise you about Canada's eldest statesman. 1. He was the only Canadian...
Sir John A. Macdonald was also a racist who disdained Chinese rail workers, the very same men who helped build his national dream, by imposing a discriminatory head tax on each of them. And it was Macdonald whose policies of forced starvation helped clear First Nations from the prairies in order to build that railway. Indeed, James Daschuk from the University of Regina argues quite cogently in his book Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Life that Macdonald's starvation policies led to the deaths of thousands.
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In 2014, people will come for the sesquicentenary parties, but it's more likely they will depart having discovered the authentic and captivating experiences of Canada's smallest province, a little place where something mighty big was born 150 years ago.
Saturday marked the 199th birthday of Canada's founding prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission has been honouring the event with a series of...
Ah, the Heritage Minutes. For Canadian kids who attended school in the 1990s and 2000s, the minute-long educational films were a staple of their Social Studies and History classes. Historica Canada's...
In 2004 -- inspired partly by a BBC series titled Great Britons -- CBC asked Canadians to choose the "greatest Canadian of all the time." Tommy Douglas won. Sir John A. Macdonald came seventh. Canada...
OTTAWA - Canada's first prime minister appears to have been dragged into another political fight, just as the current government details how it plans to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth tw...
The international community marked the 197th anniversary of the birth of Canada's first Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, by completely ignoring the man as well as the country he headed. Despite proximity to Canada, Americans seemed no likelier to understand references to Macdonald.