Louis Riel, speech to the jury, 1885

Louis Riel was hanged in Regina on November 16, 1885. Riel led the Métis agitation at Red River that resulted in Manitoba’s becoming a province in 1871.  But he was forced into a lonely fifteen-year exile in the United States. Many Métis moved west from Manitoba to the banks of the North Saskatchewan River to... Continue Reading →

Adrienne Clarkson installed as G-G, October 1999

Adrienne Clarkson had a successful career in broadcasting and diplomacy prior to being appointed as Canada's governor general in 1999. She served in the role until 2005. Her speeches were elegantly written and skilfully delivered. In her installation speech, she talked about Canada, her family's history and her childhood experience as an immigrant from Hong... Continue Reading →

W. L. Mackenzie King and war on Germany, September 1939

After Adolph Hitler came to power in 1933, he rearmed Germany and pursued an aggressive foreign policy which saw him annex both Austria and then the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia in 1938. Initially, Canada’s Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King supported British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in his decision to sacrifice Czechoslovakia by appeasing Hitler. But... Continue Reading →

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