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Biography of the Day

BAXTER, AGNES SIME – Volume XIV (1911-1920)

b. 18 March 1870 in Halifax


Responsible Government

Sir John A. Macdonald

From the Red River Settlement to Manitoba (1812–70)

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Sir George-Étienne Cartier


The Fenians

Women in the DCB/DBC

The Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences of 1864

Introductory Essays of the DCB/DBC

The Acadians

For Educators

The War of 1812 

Canada’s Wartime Prime Ministers

The First World War

Education, Religion, and Minority Rights

The protection of minority rights was particularly important for French Canadian delegates such as Hector-Louis LANGEVIN:

For [Langevin], the objectives of confederation were clear and noble: to defend the general interests of a great country and powerful nation by means of a strong central power, which must protect the rights of the different ethnic groups. He paid close attention, therefore, to the particular interests of the distinct society that was Lower Canada and he took it upon himself to interpret to the political leaders the demands of the Catholic hierarchy.


For more information about the debates on education, religion, and the rights of minorities that were part of the project to unify the British North American colonies, we invite you to consult the following list of biographies:

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