By Peter H. Aykroyd
Whether it's birthdays, marriage ceremony anniversaries, Thanksgiving dinners or New Year's celebrations, we people reveal a weird compulsion to rejoice the continued cycle of the recurrent calendar dates that mark our lives.
Public occasions of a similar variety evoke an excellent extra reported reaction. The Anniversary Compulsion makes a speciality of Canada's Centennial celebrations in 1967 to illustrate of the way a vintage mega-anniversary might be effectively geared up and staged.
With wit and knowledge, Peter Aykroyd describes what number of the main parts of Centennial 12 months will certainly be found in the staging of what's guaranteed to be an remarkable around the world celebratory outburst - the appearance of the twenty first century, the 3rd Millennium.
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A succession of incidents and escapades, many of them resulting from the activities of Confederate sympathizers based in Canada, produced continuous tension between the United States and Great Britain. The North hardened its posture toward Great Britain and her colonies in North America, and Secretary of State Seward ordered the border states to fortify themselves against the eventuality of a foreign attack. The possible threat from south of the border drew Britain's attention to the need for defence and for consistent railway service.
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. This time around, however, he and the other French Canadian delegates appear to have remained remarkably silent. It can be speculated that they were co-operating with the inevitable.
In the next chapter, I will look briefly at domestic political events that were happening at the time of the Centennial celebrations, for these also helped determine the country's sense of identity and created issues that the Centennial celebrations might have addressed more successfully. 13 14 The Anniversary Compulsion To begin, however, let's take a glance back at the past. The story of Canadian Confederation is primarily about politics, and by definition, about politicians. It is also about the predominant brands of religion at the time — the Roman Catholic and the Protestant.
Anniversary Compulsion by Peter H. Aykroyd