Anniversary Compulsion by Peter H. Aykroyd

By Peter H. Aykroyd

Whether it truly is birthdays, marriage ceremony anniversaries, Thanksgiving dinners or New Year's celebrations, we people reveal a unusual compulsion to have a good time the continued cycle of the recurrent calendar dates that mark our lives.

Public occasions of an analogous variety evoke a good extra stated reaction. The Anniversary Compulsion specializes in Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967 for example of the way a vintage mega-anniversary could be effectively equipped and staged.

With wit and knowledge, Peter Aykroyd describes what percentage of the foremost components of Centennial 12 months will definitely be found in the staging of what's guaranteed to be an extraordinary all over the world celebratory outburst - the appearance of the twenty first century, the 3rd Millennium.

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Of the delegates from each province, except in the case of New Brunswick, the majority were Conservatives. The chairman was the ninetyyear-old patriarchal Sir Etienne-Paschal Tache, but Macdonald dominated the meeting. He was a monarchist, fearful of the threat of the Americans and in favour of a strong central government. The seventy-two resolutions of the Conference pointed to a high degree of central control. Many of the delegates were of Scottish origin, and while most of these had been born in Scotland, not one of the French Canadians had been born in France.

The island province entered Confederation in 1949. Smallwood revelled in the 1967 celebrations, gleefully pronouncing that he was the only living Father of Confederation. This brief and highly selective historical account reveals how the destiny of nations, like that of individuals, hangs on slender threads. The people of each western province and Newfoundland rejoiced as much as anyone in 1967, even though the majority of them had been but gleams in the eyes of the Fathers of Confederation one hundred years before.

Meanwhile a political phenomenon was occurring in the Province of Canada that has become known as the Great Coalition. The polarization between Canada East and Canada West had led to total constipation, and George Brown had made arrangements for the appointment of a select committee of the Assembly to inquire into the situation. " Brown initiated conversations with his political opponents in both Canada West and Canada East and won a pledge from his own party and the three other parties to form a coalition to work together to bring in a federal system for Canada.

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