By Mark Reid

Each Canadian is familiar with a handful of dates that modified our country—July 1, 1867; November eleven, 1918; September 28, 1972—but our nation’s historical past, now greater than 50,000 days lengthy, runs a lot deeper than these iconic moments. From politics and wars to typical mess ups, innovations and activities, this hugely readable and wonderfully designed album deals an interesting and insightful portrait of lifestyles in all components of Canada. that includes a beautiful array of color and black-and-white photos, a hundred Days that modified Canada is a sublime memento and an important addition to each library.

Contributors comprise Michael Bliss, Stevie Cameron, Adrienne Clarkson, Tim cook dinner, Charlotte grey, Ken McGoogan, Dick Pound, Bob Rae, Peter Mansbridge, Rona Maynard, Peter C. Newman, Margaret Wente and Brian Williams.

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There remained French residents near several of the frontier posts who might stir up mischief, and the famous Ottawa chief, Pontiac, was formenting unrest among the tribes to the west. Johnson's commissaries at the various forts were known by military ranks, although it is not clear who authorized these commissions. Johnson may have had permission from the Lords of Trade, or perhaps his agents were addressed by ranks they held in the militia. Sir Guy Carleton, as Governor-in-Chief of Canada in 1775, may have originated the practice of granting commissions within the Indian Department as an emergency measure.

1 Thus the name given the corps was rather misleading. Some who joined had come to North America to serve in the Fraser Highlanders, 78th Foot, and elected to settle in Canada when the regiment was disbanded after the Seven Years' War. Often Roman Catholic, they inter-married with the Canadians. Their offspring grew up bilingual in French and Gaelic, thereby making the corps trilingual. Those who joined from the rebelling colonies, generally the Mohawk Valley, were Highlanders who had settled there in 1773, as tenants of the Johnson family.

The Indian Department had a measure of independence, but the security of the far-flung posts was the responsibility of the governor. However, the Indian Department was a source of wealth, for individuals and the government; the governors hesitated to interfere with it. In the autumn of 1782, for the better administration of his sprawling domain, Governor Haldimand divided the province into six military districts each under a commandant. Quebec District encompassed the north shore of the St. Lawrence to a point west of 27 Machiche, under Major-General Alured Clarke.

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