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Monday marks 150th anniversary of first meeting of Canadian parliamentarians

By Sheila Copps      

The real story of these 150 years is best expressed in how we govern ourselves.

The Fathers of Confederation, pictured at the Charlottetown Conference in September 1864. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia
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OTTAWA—Monday marks the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of Canadian parliamentarians. Celebrations include the usual fanfare, with a declaration in the House of Commons, and a commemorative plaque unveiling. But the real story of these 150 years is best expressed in how we govern ourselves. Americans live by the credo of exceptionalism. They (falsely) believe that the country of opportunity shaped by the American Revolution is unique in the world. Their Congressional Pledge of Allegiance is overarching,

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