Members of the Compagnie Franche de la Marine precede the funeral procession which carries the remains of the Marquis de Montcalm Thursday Oct.11, 2001, to a mausoleum at the General Hospital cemetery where he lies with fellow soldier who fought the seven-year war. Jacques Boissinot/CP Photo.

The Treaty of Paris set the stage for the birth of Canada

As the Seven Years’ War staggered to an uncertain close, pamphleteers in Britain began arguing about which French possession best suited Britain’s political and mercantile interests: the vast sprawling slab of northern North America, brimming with potential, or the tiny, lush, and outrageously profitable island of Guadeloupe.

The Sir John A. MacDonald statue in Kingston, Ont., on Monday, May 31, 2021. Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press.

Happy Birthday Sir John A. Macdonald—warts and all

As prime minister, he worked political magic to maintain the tenuous confederation of solitudes against improbable odds, anchored in his accommodations and tolerance with Quebec. In so doing, he laid the foundation for this, one of the world’s oldest and most inclusive democracies.