How the (French) Liberals stole Canada’s ‘Dominion Day’

“A wise nation preserves its records, gathers up its muniments, decorates the tombs of its illustrious dead, repairs great public structures, and fosters national pride and love of country, by perpetual reference to the sacrifices and glories of the past.” – Joseph Howe, Father of Confederation.

(The word “muniments” means documented evidence of title of ownership.)

Below is a link to an excellent article written by Robert Sibley of the Ottawa Sun and published on September 1st, 2006, headed “The death of Dominion Day”. 

Here are the first two paragraphs: 

“In hindsight, it was a case of identity theft, an act of historical vandalism. A quarter-century ago, 13 members of Parliament hastily — some say indecently — renamed the country’s national birthday in a swift bit of legislative sleight-of-hand.

“At 4 o’clock on Friday, July 9, 1982, the House of Commons was almost empty. The 13 parliamentarians taking up space in the 282-seat chamber were, by most accounts, half asleep as they began Private Members’ Hour. But then one of the more wakeful Liberals noticed the Tory MPs were slow to arrive in the chamber. Someone — exactly who has never been firmly identified — remembered Bill C-201, a private member’s bill from Hal Herbert, the Liberal MP from Vaudreuil, that had been gathering dust ever since it had received first reading in May of 1980. “An Act to Amend the Holidays Act” proposed to change the name of the July 1 national holiday from “Dominion Day” to “Canada Day.”

Later on, we are told that a quorum required 20 members to be present. 

Speaker Jean Sauve subsequently observed that as no-one had called for a ‘quorum count’, a quorum was therefore deemed to have existed… 

In 1984 she was appointed Governor-General by Pierre Trudeau as one of his last acts before losing that year’s general election.

See the full article here.

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