Lonely Planet Canada by Karla Zimmerman, James Bainbridge, Celeste Brash

By Karla Zimmerman, James Bainbridge, Celeste Brash

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In 1837, frustration over these entrenched elites reached boiling point. Parti Canadien leader Louis-Joseph Papineau and his Upper Canadian counterpart, Reform Party leader William Lyon Mackenzie, launched open rebellions against the government. Although both uprisings were quickly crushed, the incident signaled to the British that the status quo wasn’t going to cut it any longer. Return to beginning of chapter RESENTMENT ISSUES The British dispatched John Lambton, the Earl of Durham, to investigate the rebellions’ causes.

Mulroney and Bourassa drafted a new, expanded accord, but the separatists picked it apart and it too was trounced. The rejection sealed the fate of Mulroney, who resigned the following year, and of Bourassa, who left political life a broken man. Relations between Anglos and Francophones hit new lows, and support for independence was rekindled. Only one year after returning to power in 1994, the PQ, under Premier Lucien Bouchard, launched a second referendum. This one was a real cliff-hanger: Québecois decided by 52,000 votes – a razor-thin majority of less than 1% – to remain within Canada.

Return to beginning of chapter AGE OF DISCOVERY Viking celebrity Leif Eriksson was the first European to reach Canada’s shores. In fact, he and his tribe of Scandinavian seafarers were the first Europeans in all of North America. Around AD 1000 they poked around the eastern shores of Canada, establishing winter settlements and way stations for repairing ships and restocking supplies, such as at L’Anse Aux Meadows in Newfoundland. The local tribes didn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for these intruders, who eventually tired of the hostilities and went home.

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