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Canadian History


Conrad Black, historian

Garth Stevenson on Conrad Black’s history of Canada [Issue 38, 2016]
by Garth Stevenson


The strange case of the missing Aboriginal women

Garth Stevenson asks what purpose an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women would serve [c]
by Garth Stevenson



The Mackenzie King of our time

Skilful, cautious and uninspiring, Stephen Harper 
resembles Canada’s longest-serving prime minister [Issue 35, 2014]
by Garth Stevenson


Revisit the Senate as it was meant to be

Vincent Pouliot proposes looking back at how the Fathers of Confederation originally conceived of the Senate to make it truly representative of the interests of the provinces. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Vincent Pouliot


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A war for hemp, iron and timber

A response to John R. Grodzinski’s “Remembering the War of 1812” from Issue 31 by Alastair Sweeny, author of Fire Along the Frontier: Great Battles of the War of 1812 [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Alastair Sweeny


The Liberal Party and the Selfish Bees

Liberal policy strategies have, bee-like, historically pursued mutual benefits for Canadians as individuals and as a society, [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Joyce Murray



A decade of Nisga’a
 self-government: A positive impact, but no silver bullet

Under the Nisga’a treaty a First Nation obtained some degree of self-government. I was lead researcher in a major study of the this experiment. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Joseph Quesnel


The political codes of the prairies

By repeating certain themes during provincial campaign rituals, the parties in the prairies established and perpetuated powerful codes that continue to shape the nature of each province’s politics. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by David McGrane



Canada’s capital-2: Planning a capital for all Canadians

The capital of a bilingual, multicultural Canadian federation must adapt national symbols, renaming geographic features, support national sports, celebrate culture and promote shared values. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by David Gordon


Quebec’s Quiet Revolution came at a heavy cost

In the immediate postwar period, Quebec enjoyed substantial advantages. It exploited them to meet short-term objectives as laid out by Fortin. The consequence was the dilapidation of human, social, cultural and economic capital...
by Gary Caldwell


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The NDP: Can it break the Liberal/Conservative monopoly of power?

What will be the consequences for Canadian government and politics if the NDP does in fact succeed in breaking the Liberal/Conservative monopoly of power? [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Garth Stevenson

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The Liberals: The strange death of the political centre

Something very important has happened: the disintegration of the political centre. One need not have any loyalty or emotional attachment to the Liberal Party to conclude that this is not necessarily good news. [From Inroads 30,...
by Reg Whitaker



That doleful October, 40 years later − 1: Voices of dissent, in English

Their purpose is to dispel an “objectionable notion that the English stood united against Quebec. I never shared this perception, but acknowledge it is held firmly by some: I applaud the editors’ determination to lay it to...
by Pierre Joncas


The NDP – 2: Choosing the leader of a very tribal party

Will the New Democrats new and old will break our tradition of back-room dealing, and openly confront some serious questions: Tom Mulcair is best placed to answer these questions. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Dominic Cardy


Paper Mill

Lament for a notion: A response to Kevin Little

Red Tories deny the reality of modern Canada. Our successful governments have followed a more neoconservative (BC, Alberta) or social democratic (Saskatchewan, Manitoba) path. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Dominic Cardy


Lies my Fathers of Confederation told me

Are the governor general’s reserve powers a safeguard of democracy? [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Bruce Hicks


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Battle on the Plains 
of Abraham cancelled

In the end, the reenactment of the battle on the Plains had to be cancelled to prevent another battle. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Louisa Blair

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The Quebec language question is back

From Saint-Léonard to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Christian Rioux