Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at Canada 2020 luncheon
In Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall extract a multi-dimensional portrait of the man who is still surprisingly relevant today.
This wily politician, a man who reeked of humanity and all its juices, played the key role in bringing the Fathers of Confederation to the table. Once he had them in his pocket, he went on to extend his vision for Canada all the way to the Pacific Coast.
Years of hunger and despair that coincided with extermination of the bison and relocation of groups to reserves, exacerbated by inadequate food aid from the dominion government, created ecological conditions in which the disease exploded. Half-hearted relief measures during the famine of 1878-80 and after, which kept plains people in a constant state of hunger, not only undermined the government’s half-baked self-sufficiency initiative but also illustrated the moral and legal failures of the Crown’s treaty commitment to provide assistance in the case of a widespread famine on the plains.
Sir John A. Macdonald’s Toast to Colonial Union, delivered in Halifax after the Charlottetown Conference, September 1864.
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Leilah Nadir says Canada should have restricted its involvement to humanitarian assistance in Iraq.
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A pool table in the Confederation Building, a beer machine in the Hot Room: a look back at the good old days of 1989.
After a few years of sharing rides, we came to the unstated conclusion that we also shared a vision of newspapering.