Happy Birthday!

One hundred and fifty years ago, on July 1st 1867, the British colonies of Upper Canada (Ontario), Lower Canada (Quebec), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia came together under the British North America Act to form the Dominion of Canada. The anniversary of this confederation had been called “Dominion Day” until being changed to Canada Day at some point. Searching on Google, I found that the  new name of this statutory holiday came about when  a private member’s bill (C-201) passed quickly, and rather sneakily,  in October 1982.  Only thirteen parliamentarians were present for the vote! (see CBC’s  Inside Politics Blog, posted June 30th, 2012) Interestingly, a survey conducted by the blog’s author (Kady O’Malley) showed that 48% of Respondents preferred “Dominion Day” while only 41% preferred “Canada Day”. H-m-m-m.

Whatever your preference – I hope you celebrate this very special occasion!

Happy Birthday Canada!

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