Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

While we Americans prepare for our Independence Day celebration, our neighbors to the east are preparing for a national holiday of their own.

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 down play Canada's colonial origins.

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