The history of Canada Day?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Fairlady_Z, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Be strong enough to be gentle

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    So much neat stuff in Canada.

    Here's something you may or may not know:

    All those people who say Canada is always cold, obviously never came here during the summer. Where I live, if you spend more than half an hour in direct sunlight, you're skin will blister. Todays actually just hot, it's supposed to get up to 40 today.
     
  2. Cy-Kill

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    I took some Canadian History in university, so let's see if I can recall any.

    I believe Britain during the mid-1850's began to feel the strain of operating and protecting its many colonies throughout the world, so it was hoped more colonies would be able to become more independent, but still have a trading capacity. Around this time, groups of Irish descendents residing in U.S. (I forget what they had called themselves) had concerns and demands over the British control of Ireland, and the general concensus was that their message could be made clear by targeting the closet British outposts and cities and essentially holding British North America "hostage". Few of the attacks were ever successful, aside from one I believe, but it was enough to make some politicians think that joining together would help protect British interests from the rapidly-expanding U.S., and would offer better defense for invading armies.

    Several politicians from across British North America (MacDonald and others) took notice of an iniative from the Atlantic colonies (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island) to join together, and put together a plan that would include Upper and Lower Canada (Ontario and Quebec, respectively). After many negotiations, the Atlantic provinces agreed, and with the blessing from Britain, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island created the British North American Act (later revised as the Canada Act in 1982) and thus created Confederation and Canada July 1st, 1867. During the next half-century, the federal government took every oppurtunity to expand and add other colonies to Confederation to increase Canada's size and allow the realization of a railroad that travelled coast-to-coast.

    I believe that's a good chunk of the story. It's VERY simplified from the several sources and reasons for Confederation, but it'd take me pages to write and I can't remember everything!
     
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    I was pretty well born and rasied in Calgary and never heard that one before. But it is a fun little rhyme...perhaps I should give it a try...
     
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    Another nice Canadian fact:
    If you've been in Montreal for 3 days and didn't get laid, there's something wrong with you.
     
  5. Fairlady_Z

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    Thanks for the info guys. Actually I realized, I do know a little bit more about Canadian history as Gold Rush of the 1890s is one of my favorite historical time periods.

    I've been to Canada several times in my life. Usually Toronto and Stratford Ontario - some great theater there as well as Nigara. I once went to Windsor as well - got kicked out of a casino there (a LOT less interesting than it sounds, but it's fun to say anyway. One of these days it would be nice to see another province. I'd love the see Vancouver someday. I've heard it said that one of Canada's greatest exports to the US is actors.;) 

    Thank you Canada for giving the US many things, including: Beast Wars, Due South, Stargate, Highlander, Anne of Green Gables, William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, Evangeline Lily, and Pennsylvania especially thanks you for Mario Lemieux (well Western PA does anyway and if Philly's never liked it that's their problem ;) ).
     
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    I'm heading to Canada for a long weekend! When I return, I'll have a different personality, for better or worse, depending on the happenings.
     
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    I saved fireworks from Halloween......look out !

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    Dominion Day is coming up isn't it?
     
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    That jail has been closed for awhile now. Years and years I think.

    I used to go to the church across the street from it and the jail is in the same section as the local park. I haven't noticed what they do with it now though.
     
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    I grew up on cheddar cheese with apple pie (and I lived in Ontario). I didn't even realize ice cream was an option with pie until moving out to AB.

    Tru dat.
     
  11. Nerroth

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    Canada may have become a self-governing dominion in 1867, but it did not become a fully sovereign state until the Statute of Westminster of 1931 (which was in part motivated by the Irish Free State's wish to assert an equal status with the UK within the Commonwealth - in the days before we bugged out of the Commonwealth altogether and became a republic!) - and even then had to wait until 1982 to patriate the Constitution.

    A Constitution which, I might add, is still not signed up to by the government of Québec...


    Also, Canada Day used to be called Dominion Day in English Canada - whereas in French Canada, it was la jour de la Confédération. However, these days the biggest celebration in Québec (Where most, but by no means all, North American francophones live) is a week earlier, on the 24th of June - la Fête nationale - supposedly on the anniversary of the first Mass ever spoken by Samuel de Champlain after the founding of Québec city, in 1608.

    So as far as upcoming events go, Québec City is 400 next year. It's gonna be one hell of a party.


    And as far as the American Revolution goes, there's a lot about it that Canadian media can tell to those in the US - such as how it was as much a civil war between loyal and rebel Americans as it was about opposing British rule, how fifty thousand loyalists had to flee to what is now Ontario, southern Québec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia at the war's end, and how Montréal was occupied by rebels for a year, and that Benedict Arnold took part in a (failed) attempt to march on Québec City...

    ...and so on.


    If you are in Canada, a great source of information can be found in the series Canada: A People's History - it's available in four DVD box sets (the first goes from the First Peoples up to 1815, and is pretty good as a starting point) and two book volumes. You'll find it in the big book stores, like Chapters or Indigo.


    Are you coming up to Canada for this year's event?



    Gary
     
  12. lars573

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    Canada had several steps towards full independance. That took almost 100 years to complete.

    It starts in the 1840's with the movement of responsible governemnt in the British North American colonies. Responsible government being that a legislature was set up to be a copy of the British one. With rule by cabinet under a first minister.

    The next step was confederation on July 1st 1867. There were a verity of reasons for the union but they are secondary. The new dominion of Canada had full responsibility for internal rule. Foregin policy was the domain of Britain though. The set up was so succeful that similar arrangesments were reached for Autrailia and New Zealand in 1901. And South Africa in 1910.

    Full independance came in 1931 with the statute of Westminister. This created the British commonwealth. And gave the British dominions (Canada, Autrailia, New Zealand, and South Africa) nearly complete independance. Any changes to our constitutions still had to go through the British parliment.
     
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    Canada invented basketball.
     
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    Oh, I almost forgot one I had to repeatedly explain to people on the internet after the South Park movie came out.

    Matt Parker and Trey Stone are Canadian. The movie is making fun of YOU.
     
  16. Frank Horrigan

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    Trey Parker was born in Colorado and Matt Stone in Texas.

    They aren't Canadian.
     
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    The movie is still making fun of YOU.
     
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    Wait wait wait, you mean we don't own you anymore? Whats next losing India? Or maybe that upside down place?

    But seriously folks. If Canada were ever to get rid of the Queen as a figurehead/whatever we'd just do what we'll do if Scotland votes to leave the UK.

    Invade...
     
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    Mario Lemieux, the man who saved hockey in Pittsburgh, twice! Canada also gave us one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time: Neil Young. He may live in California now, but he is still a Canadian.

    BTW - if you really want to experience what Canada is like, do not go to Toronto. That city (which I've visited a few times for Pearl Jam shows) is more like America than Canada. Of the cities I've visited north of the border, London is my favorite (of course, I've yet to visit Vancouver)
     
  20. Random Autobot

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    Having lived in Toronto for most of my life, I'd just like to point out that the above statement is ridiculous. While Toronto has many similarities to Chicago, or New York, that's more to do with being a metropolis than being like America.

    However, if you really want to have a blast in a Canadian city, go to Montreal.