Canada: The True North

Dig deeper into Canada’s history and one encounters a more challenging past than its modern image suggests.

Canada marked the 150th year since its confederation three days before its southern neighbour celebrated the 241st anniversary of its independence from Britain. Unlike 4 July 1776 – a date familiar the world over – 1 July 1867 doesn’t harness a moment, but is a step in a process. There was no Canadian revolution and the country remains a counter-factual to the US, its muddling politics more like, superficially at least, those of the UK, the country to which it said goodbye when the Canadian constitution was repatriated from Westminster in 1982. It is even more the case now, when the leaders of Canada and the US present such different public personas to the world. 

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