Anniversary Compulsion by Peter H. Aykroyd

By Peter H. Aykroyd

Whether it really is birthdays, marriage ceremony anniversaries, Thanksgiving dinners or New Year's celebrations, we people show 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 sort evoke an excellent extra reported reaction. The Anniversary Compulsion specializes in Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967 for instance of the way a vintage mega-anniversary will be effectively equipped and staged.

With wit and knowledge, Peter Aykroyd describes what number of the main parts of Centennial 12 months will absolutely be found in the staging of what's guaranteed to be an exceptional around the globe celebratory outburst - the appearance of the twenty first century, the 3rd Millennium.

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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. They and their ancestors had been Canadiens for six generations. Yet, the Conference proceedings were carried out entirely in English! Of the thirtythree delegates who met at Quebec, only four were French Canadian: George-Etienne Cartier, Jean-Charles Chapais, Hector-Louis Langevin and Antoine-Aime Dorion, who had until then energetically opposed Confederation.

The subjective sense of nationalism, nationhood and nation is a profound reality in Quebec, peaking again at the time of writing, as it has done repeatedly since the Conquest of 1759. This reality has sometimes been recognized and sometimes been ignored by the Canadian governing bodies. The Centennial planners, likewise, dealt with this issue with mixed success. The part of the North American continent that was known as British North America in the mid-nineteenth century had five components: the Province of Canada, a legislative union of Canada East and Canada West (consisting of smaller versions of present-day Ontario and Quebec); the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; and the two island colonies, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.

In 1963 they set off bombs in mailboxes in Montreal and three federal armouries. In 1964 they stole $50,000 in cash and military equipment and held up International Firearms and killed a vice-president. Pierre Vallieres wrote a book describing Quebecois as Negres blancs d'Amerique. Inflammatory stuff. Within a decade the FLQ would cause a kidnapping, an execution, the invoking of the War Measures Act and suspension of civil liberties. It is said that the actions of radicals tend to soften up the middle ground.

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