The Challenge of Government in Canada
Geography: Very Important
Patterns of Settlement: Canada characterized as an immigrant society
Globalization: Manifestions of Globalization
William Lyon Mackenzie King: Some countries have too much history, we have too much
geography—we don’t have much history, but a ton of space—100 KM is not a long way in
Canada, nore is 8 hours
Meracator: Map distorts images of earth and discounts image of Canada. Population of all three
territories is just under 100,000
-East west distance between Cape Spear Newfoundland is 6000 KM-North/South distance
between Ellesmere and Southern Ontario is 4600 kilometers
-Canada is second largest geographic size next to Russia.
Getting Around: Travelling on a dirt road gives a different worldview on travelling. If you
have a lot of access to technology in 1870, you car is not that good either—travelling is a
challenge in 1870
-First priority for Canada was to build railroads to get around. It was a difficult work, requiring
massive investment by both government and the workers.
-1887 rebellion: Government could not get troops to supress it easily.
-Resources: Lots of natstal resources in Canada due to it’s size, geographic issue affects energy
and resource issue in 21 century ue to each province’s differing economicintrests.
-Aboriginal people first here because of land bridge from Asia
-Europeans learned a lot from Aboriginals in surviving in New World, Aboriginals had advanced
government structures and alliances between different groups of Aboriginals
1492: Columbus discovered America…On a Wednesday 1497/1534: Jean Cabot and Jaques Cartier arrive in Canada, respectively. Lots of exploring,
trading with aboriginal peoples. Lots of interbreeding, giving rise to the Metis
French: Daughters of king sent to New World to Colonize areas faster, settled in Quebec
English: Settled in US, got into war with French due to historical animosities. In battle of plains
of Abraham, French ceded Quebec to British
Acadians: Did not swore loyality to the crown, and so they were banished
Americans: Formed in US revolution against British. Many loyalists did not want to join, so
they fled to Canada as they were the closest British colony.
European: Many Europeans settled in Canada in Confederation, but who? Eastern Europeans
and Northern Europeans, who