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Revisionist history does Canadians no favours

The Conservatives would do well to remember that scholarship cannot be selective in its memory


July 10, 2013

Robert-MurrayEDMONTON, AB, Jul 10, 2013/ Troy Media/ – Is there a Canadian, or a significant group of Canadians, unaware of Canada’s historical connection with Great Britain?

I ask the question because the Harper government seems almost obsessed with reminding Canadians that the nation was once a British colony, as if we had somehow forgotten. Recent announcements by the Canadian government regarding a review of provincial Canadian history curriculum, the ongoing rebranding of the Canadian Forces to reflect British military tradition, and the campaign to celebrate the anniversary of the War of 1812 all speak to a curious effort about why it is felt Canadians do not understand history, or why we must revert to it. This content is for members only.

Robert W. Murray is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

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