The Meech Lake Accord was an effort to bring Quebec into Canada’s Constitution. However, opposition, particularly in Newfoundland and Manitoba, led to its collapse in June of 1990.
Canada first sent troops overseas in 1899 to fight in the Boer War in South Africa.s.
By declaring war on Germany on September 10, 1939, Canada joined Britain and France in the battle against Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany.
In 1991 the Goods and Services Tax came into effect.This replaced a manufacturers’ tax with a consumer-based tax. It is known as the GST.
In 1758 there was a legislative assembly elected in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It was the first legislature to be elected by the people in British North America.
In August of 1905 Roald Amundsen sailed across the north of Canada proving that there was a northwest passage connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean across the north of Canada.
On August 19, 1942, some 5,000 Canadian soldiers were among those who landed at Dieppe to test the strength of the German army. In one day, 900 were killed and almost 1900 taken prisoner.
In 1993 Kim Campbell became Canada’s first female Prime Minister when she succeeded Brian Mulroney as leader of the Conservatives. However, she lost the next federal election to the Liberals.
In 1776, when the southern colonies declared their independence from Great Britain (to form the United States) more than 40,000 “loyalists” fled north to Nova Scotia and Quebec.
The first stone for Canada’s Parliament Buildings was laid on September 1, 1860. The Parliament Buildings were destroyed by fire in 1916 but the Library of Parliament was saved.