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Happy Canada Day

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Asked by Parliament to examine the situation in Canada, the Earl of Durham (also known as 'Radical Jack'), the brilliant Charles Buller, and Edward Gibbon Wakefield (who had written about land reform in Australia while languishing in Newgate prison, where he had been sent for eloping with an under-age heiress) wrote a blunt report. Recommending a union of the colonies now known as Canada, they called for local self-government that gives people "real control over its own destinies."

Empires are not in the habit of willingly granting self-rule to their people, but in 1867 in the British North America Act, Britain did. Canadians have been creating their own destiny ever since. Cheers!

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