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Don't Be Too Quick To Praise John A. Macdonald

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Bernie Farber

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.

Why Charlottetown Is the No. 1 Place to See in 2014

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

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.

His 199th Birthday Sparks Twitter Storm

CBC | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada

Saturday marked the 199th birthday of Canada's founding prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commis...

There's A New Heritage Minute

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

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 S...

Sir John A Macdonald: Canada's Greatest Citizen

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

In 2004 -- inspired partly by a BBC series titled Great Britons -- CBC asked Canadians to choose the "greatest Canadian of all the time." Tommy Dougla...

'Murderer, Colonizer': First PM's Statue Defaced

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's first prime minister appears to have been dragged into another political fight, just as the current government details how it plans ...

International Community Celebrates John A. Macdonald's Birthday by Continuing to Ignore Canada

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada
Jilly Gagnon

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.

Canadian History Just Bunk to Make a Buck

Mark Bourrie | Posted 09.12.2011 | Canada
Mark Bourrie

Don't feel guilty if you couldn't pass the silly Canadian history trivia tests that ran in most of the country's newspapers recently. A lot of people in governments, universities and publishing companies make good salaries working with Canadian history every day don't care much about it, either.