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Canada Day 2022: Conception of Rights in Canada’s Constitution

The conception of rights enshrined in the current Constitution of Canada dates back to the days of the British conquest and rebellions against it. It is a conception that enshrines and protects the rights of the Crown with institutions, values, aims and practices established for that purpose. Before that, the French Crown also imposed laws and practices in defence of private property which also contributed to shaping the country’s future.

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June 24 – Quebec’s National Day

June 24 is celebrated as Quebec’s National Day. The Quebec people’s National Day celebrates the Patriots who fought for independence from Britain in the mid-19th century: Nelson, De Lorimier, Côté, Chénier, Duvernay, O’Callaghan and many others.

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Victoria Day – Empower yourself now

Statue of Queen Victoria, symbol of colonial rule, toppled in front of Manitoba legislature during Cancel Canada Day action, July 1, 2021.

May 23, the third Monday in May, is officially slated as Victoria Day. This has been the case since 1845 when the birthday of Queen Victoria was celebrated and, at one time was officially called Imperial Day. Since then, it is used in England to celebrate the reigning monarch, no matter when they were actually born. In this sense, it is an out-dated practice which Quebeckers had the good sense to name Patriot’s Day to celebrate the rebellion against British rule in 1837-38. For Ontarians, it marks the beginning of good weather. Before climate change, when weather was more predictable, it used to mean that the ground was no longer frozen so planting could start and also that plants would no longer be subject to frosts.

But the fact remains that Canada’s institutions are tied to an anachronistic system. The recent visit to Canada of the so-called heir to the throne, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles was, in fact, to celebrate the jubilee platinum anniversary of the Queen’s reign. Pictures of her jubilee celebrations in England featured the more than £1000 gowns worn by members of the Royal Household as it is called – a reminder that those who rule over the people definitely live in another world that has nothing to do with the majority except for the fact that they carry its burden on their backs – a burden we must break with in order to renew the democracy in Canada so that it is set by the people and favours their interests, not the interests of the likes of the “Royals” and their retinues comprised of the party governments that keep them going.

Laura Chesnick, Independent candidate in Windsor-Tecumseh in the Ontario election

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Conception of Rights in Canada’s Constitutions of 1840, 1867 and 1982

185th Anniversary of 1837-38 Rebellions in Lower and Upper Canada

Patriots led by Wolfred Nelson defeat British troops at the Battle of Saint-Denis.

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Anniversary of the 1837-38 Rebellion – Quebec Patriots’ Day

185th Anniversary of 1837-38 Rebellions in Lower and Upper Canada. May 23rd is Quebec Patriots’ Day.

Assembly of the Six Counties on October 23 and October 24, 1837, a gathering of some 6,000 Patriots held in Saint-Charles, Lower Canada, in defiance of a British proclamation forbidding public assemblies.

Nation-Building Project of Quebec Patriots

National Patriots’ Day marks the 1837-1838 uprising to honour the memory of the Patriots who gave their lives or were forced into exile in the struggle to end British colonial rule by establishing a Republic of Quebec.

Patriots’ Day celebrates the striving of the people to affirm their right to be. Beginning in the spring of 1837, when the British Crown formally rejected the demands of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada included in the 92 Resolutions of 1834, numerous mass meetings broke out across Quebec where the people spoke and demanded their democratic rights.

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June 24 – Celebration of Quebec’s National Day

The celebration of Quebec National Day includes the celebration of our 19th century patriots who fought to establish an independent homeland and republic which vests sovereignty in the people. – Youth for Democratic Renewal

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Inappropriate Parks Canada celebrations at Manoir Papineau

Patriots who refused to conciliate with the Crown after the defeat of the rebellion faced death or deportation. In the drawing above a British officer reads the order of expulsion, to which the Patriots clench their fists and cry out, “Treachery!”

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On May 17, the federal government, through Parks Canada, announced the kick-off of Canada 150 celebrations at Manoir Papineau in the town of Montebello in the Outaouais, named after Louis-Joseph Papineau who betrayed the Patriots. We often hear of those who betrayed the revolutionary movement of the Patriots of 1837-38 and accepted “reasonable accommodation” with the Crown after the Rebellion was brutally crushed. The “reasonable accommodation” allowed them access to positions in the government and the institutions to defend their own right to private property and even to the seigneurial rights they enjoyed under the French regime. They reconciled with power not to defend and pursue the struggle for recognition of the Republic as is often claimed, but to defend the British monarchy and its institutions which betrayed and continue to usurp the right of the people to be sovereign. Continue reading

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149th Anniversary of Confederation: A modern constitution is a historic necessity

150418-Ottawa-C51-27-cr4Canada Day 2016 marks the beginning of one year of preparation to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 1867. All the developments in the recent history of Canada point to the urgent need to provide Canada with a modern constitution that vests sovereignty in the people instead of a foreign monarch, gives expression to democratic renewal, provides equal rights and duties for all, and which emanates from the people themselves, instead of being imposed on them by a privileged few who hold power. Continue reading

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This day. Quebec’s National Day

June 24, 1834. Ludger Duvernay and the members of the Aide-toi, le ciel t’aiders Society (“God helps those who help themselves”) institute June 24 as Quebec’s National Day | http://www.fetenationale.qc.ca

On June 24, the people of Quebec officially mark their National Day established in 1834 by the Quebec patriot Ludger Duvernay and the members of the Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera Society (“God helps those who help themselves”). The Society was founded on March 8 of the same year with the aim to “provide a designated place for thought to discuss the country’s state of affairs” and “to rekindle the burning desire of love of country, either by shedding light on the deeds of those governing us, or by paying fair tribute to the eloquent and brave defenders of our rights.” Continue reading

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This day. Quebec Patriots Day, May 23

Long live the nation-building project of today’s Quebec Patriots!

Assembly of the Six Counties on October 23 and October 24, 1837, a gathering of some 6,000 Patriots held in Saint-Charles, Lower Canada, in defiance of a British proclamation forbidding public assemblies.

Assembly of the Six Counties on October 23 and October 24, 1837, a gathering of some 6,000 Patriots held in Saint-Charles, Lower Canada, in defiance of a British proclamation forbidding public assemblies.

Today, the Quebec nation marks Patriots Day. Patriots Day celebrates the striving of the people to affirm their right to be. Beginning in the spring of 1837, when the British Crown formally rejected the demands of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada included in the 92 Resolutions of 1834, numerous mass meetings broke out across Quebec where the people spoke and demanded their democratic rights. Continue reading

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May 18 holidays

Canada and Quebec should be renewed on a modern basis

Monument to the Patriots in Napierville, Quebec, which reads, “It is here that the Republic of Lower Canada was proclaimed on November 4, 1838 by Robert Nelson. I remember.”

Monument to the Patriots in Napierville, Quebec, which reads, “It is here that the Republic of Lower Canada was proclaimed on November 4, 1838 by Robert Nelson. I remember.”

May 18 is “Victoria Day” – an official holiday celebrating the birthday of the Queen of England. The holiday is named after Queen Victoria (1819-1901) and has been commemorated in Canada since 1845. In Quebec, the national holiday, called Patriots’ Day, celebrates the memory of the Quebec Patriots who fought and faced the guns, exile and the gallows of the British colonial power in 1837-1838. Continue reading

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The nation-building project of today’s Quebec Patriots

On May 18, National Patriots‘ Day in Quebec, celebrations are taking place to mark the 1837-1838 uprising and to honour the memory of the Patriots who gave their lives or were forced into exile in the struggle to end British colonial rule by establishing a Republic of Quebec. Marches, historical exhibitions, conferences and cultural performances of songs and poetry are being held. In Montreal, the March of the Patriots will start from Au-Pied-du-Courant, the corner of Notre-Dame and de Lorimier, where a statue stands honouring the Patriots who were hanged by the British.

PATRIOT’S DAY – CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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