Supporters of The “One”
To Patriate the Constitution Without Weakening
The Like of Meech
From: CBC (Audio/Video) Archives
Sir John A. Macdonald: Architect of Modern
(1815 – 1891) Canada
Sir John A. Macdonald has been described as a pragmatic statesman, earning the title of Old Chieftain, and a procrastinating drunk with the nickname of Old Tomorrow. But there's no denying the legacy of
Sir John A., A Founder of Confederation & First Prime Minister (1867)
"1867 was a glorious combining of man's vision and energy, and practical common sense," says Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, with great admiration in his voice.” In 1856, Macdonald became the joint premier of
Nation-building: The Transcontinental Railroad
Before the House of Commons, Prime Minister John A. Macdonald makes the most ambitious of proposals, as heard in this CBC Radio re-enactment from 1978. A transcontinental railway, spanning the country from sea to sea, will unite the country and curb American encroachment, he pleads passionately. The project has a tight deadline and a $30 million budget but Macdonald is uncompromising in his vision. "Until this great work is complete, our dominion is little more than a geographical expression," he says definitively.
Sir Wilfred Laurier (1896-1911)
Realized 'national unity' was of paramount importance to
Liberals were defeated on free trade in 1911.
Laurier's dedication to Canadian unity took precedence over British traditionalism. Laurier held firm and would not allow Canadian autonomy to be compromised to
Constructed the second transcontinental railway in
Created the provinces of
Formed the Department of Labour, 1900.
Formed the Department of External Affairs, 1909.
Naval Service Bill, 1910.
William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950)
Mackenzie King followed the political path set by Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier in emphasizing national unity. With his cautious policies and shrewd political skills, he successfully led
Mackenzie King’s Legacy
Old Age Pensions
Proposals for Health Insurance
His wartime leadership kept the country together.
The Citizenship Act
The Diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King: A Real Companion and Friend
King was a very successful leader for
"I speak as a citizen of
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin D. Roosevelt held a series of historic meetings in
Louis Stephen St. Laurent: Uncle Louis (1882-1973)
St. Laurent Welcomes
First of many national milestones as
As NATO's chief proponent, his mission began as
Bridging the St. Lawrence: St. Lawrence Power Project
American and Canadian officials have been discussing joint hydro and canal developments for the upper
Trans-Canada Pipeline: Feat and fury
Hoping to meet the energy needs of Ontario and Quebec with the abundance of natural gas in Alberta, St. Laurent and his Minister of Trade and Commerce, C.D. Howe, propose the construction of a pipeline from Alberta to the St. Lawrence River. Howe's shining moment of May 1956, the ensuing debate and an emotion-laden dissent is captured in this clip. It is not hard to see why many believe the pipeline project proved
The Canadian Bill of Rights (1960): A decade before fulfilling his lifelong dream to enshrine in law a Canadian Bill of Rights, John Diefenbaker, the lawyer and Saskatchewan MP, tells a public forum why such a law is needed. A Bill of Rights is needed to take a "forthright stand against discrimination based on colour, creed or racial origin." http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-73-1599-10977/politics_economy/john_diefenbaker/clip5
It's John Diefenbaker day in
Lester B. Pearson: From Peacemaker to Prime Minister (1897-1972)
Pearson's March 8, 1947, UN speech was titled "
U. N. International Police Force: Quick thinking during the 1956
'Too intelligent for politics'
On Dec. 14, 1967, Lester B. Pearson tells his surprised cabinet colleagues that he is retiring from politics. The decision comes as a shock to most, coming at the end of a wildly successful year of Centennial celebrations. This CBC Radio clip looks back at his strengths and weaknesses during his 20-year tenure in politics.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000)
He successfully defeated the separatist movement in
Omnibus Bill C-150 (CBC 1967)
Trudeau, “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” … “what’s done in private between adults doesn’t concern the Criminal Code.”
July 1969 that
Women didn’t receive ‘abortion on demand’ until 1988 (as unconstitutional because it infringed upon a woman’s right to “life, liberty and security of person.).
Bringing Home the Constitution (CBC 1982)
Trudeau had been talking about “patriating”
Back to tackle
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is a "weakling," the premiers are a pack of "snivellers," and the
Jean Chretien: From Pool Hall to Parliament Hill (1934 - )
“We won’t give an inch!”
The ball is in
Separation Anxiety: The 1995
A Choreographed Parting Shot
The sponsorship program was conceived in 1996 after the "No" side narrowly defeated the separatists in the 1995 Quebec Referendum. The Public Works Department was responsible for the pro-federalism advertising campaign to boost its profile in
On Feb. 8, 2005, former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien sits on the witness stand, tersely answering questions about the mishandling of millions of dollars as part of the sponsorship program (Sponsorship scandal: Breaking all the rules
http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-73-1700-11687/politics_economy/political_scandals/ ), an initiative implemented during his reign. Chrétien defends the program, saying it was necessary to protect federalism in
- improvement in Canadian economy, including eliminating deficit and a budget surplus for five straight years
- passed Clarity Bill (1999) saying
can only separate after a solid majority votes "yes" on a clear question. Quebec
- active social agenda included Child Tax Benefit
- ratified Kyoto Protocol
- worked for global ban on land mines
- pushed for establishment of International Criminal Court
- supported war on terrorism (2003), but would not send troops to
without UN resolution for military action. Iraq