Kingdom of Canada
- For all those nostalgics, it is true that we have changed from being
a dominion; a sad day. But if you want to take the argument back a
little further, we were SUPPOSED to be called the Kingdom of Canada
originally. Having origins in Loyalists escaping republican tyranny
during RevWar, and Yankee domination in 1812, there was obviously a
strong attachment to the Crown. Hence, when they went to form this
nation, many wanted it to be called a kingdom. However, others
wondered if calling Canada a kingdom would offend Americans and cause
them to restrict trade with us, so it was changed to being a dominion.
For me, expressing regrets over our name begins with getting rid of
the "kingdom." Cheers.
Fear God, Honour the King.
F&I: James' Coy, Roger's Rangers.
RevWar: McDonnell's Coy, Butler's Rangers.
1812: Crooks' Coy, Lincoln Militia 1st Reg't, Flank Company.
- From: "Calvin Arnt" <arnt@...>
" ... we were SUPPOSED to be called the Kingdom of Canada ..
I have not found "Kingdom" but I did find this
"Did you know.....that before 1982 Canada Day had been known as Dominion
Day, First of July, Confederation Day, and July the First? Canada Day
celebrates the events that occurred on July 1, 1867, when the British North
America Act created the Canadian federal government. The BNA Act proclaimed
"one Dominion under the name of Canada," hence the original title of the
holiday, "Dominion Day." Dominion Day was officially renamed "Canada Day" by
an Act of Parliament on October 27, 1982. This change reflected the policy
of successive governments to downplay Canada's colonial origins. Canada's
national celebration is always observed on July 1, unless that date falls on
a Sunday, in which case it is observed the following day."
"Influence of the American Civil War
From 1861 to 1865 the United States was embroiled in an internal conflict
that divided that country. This conflict also had an influence on the
British North American colonies: continental and transatlantic trade was
affected, and the battles taking place south of the border created tension
across the entire continent. The following texts examine certain aspects of
the influence of the Civil War on life in the British North American
colonies. Because these colonies were on the verge of a political
restructuring that would result in the creation of Canada, it is interesting
to ask ourselves what role the American Civil War played in the process that
led to Confederation in 1867."
- Calvin and Larry
And the term "Dominion", first coined for Canada and later appropriated by
our cousins in Oz as well, came I believe from a Biblical quotation. I'm
sure Ray Hobbs will know the chapterr and verse, but it says (roughly) "And
He shall grant them dominion from sea to shining sea" - hence our motto.
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