See also:FAUNA] as for hundreds of
See also:miles to the south, so that most kinds of
See also:grain and vegetables ripen far to the
See also:north in the Peace
See also:river valley . Though the
See also:climate of the plains is one of extremes and often of rather sudden changes, it is brisk and invigorating and of particular value for persons affected with
See also:lung troubles . The climate of the Cordilleran region presents even more variety than that of the other provinces because of the ranges of mountains which run parallel to the Pacific . Along the
See also:coast itself the climate is insular, with little
See also:frost in winter and mild
See also:heat in summer, and with a very heavy rainfall amounting to too in. on the south-west side of Vancouver
See also:Island and near
See also:Simpson . Within too m. inland beyond the Coast Range the precipitation and general climate are, like those of Ontario, comparatively mild and with moderate snowfall towards the south, but with keen winters farther north . The interior
See also:plateau may be described as arid, so that irrigation is required if crops are to be raised . The
See also:Selkirk Mountains have a heavy rainfall and a tremendous snowfall on their western flanks, but very much less precipitation on their eastern side . The Rocky Mountains have the same relationships but the whole precipitation is much less than in the Selkirks . The temperature depends largely, of course, on altitude, so that one may quickly pass from perpetual
See also:snow above 8000 ft. in the mountains to the mild, moist climate of Vancouver or
See also:Victoria, which is like that of Devonshire, In the far north of the territories of
See also:Mackenzie and
See also:Ungava the climate has been little studied, as the region is uninhabited by
See also:white men except at a few fur-trading posts . North-west and north-east of Hudson
See also:Bay it becomes too severe for the growth of trees as seen on the " barren grounds," and there may be perpetual ice beneath the coating of
See also:moss which serves as a non-conducting covering for the " tundras." There is, however, so little precipitation that snow does not accumulate on the
See also:surface to
See also:form glaciers, the summer's
See also:sun having warmth enough to thaw what falls in the winter . Leaving out the maritime provinces,
See also:southern Ontario, southern
See also:Alberta and the Pacific coast region on the one
See also:hand, and the Arctic north, particularly near Hudson Bay, on the other,
See also:Canada has snowy and severe winters, a very
See also:spring with a sudden rise of temperature, short warm summers, and a delightful autumn with its "
See also:Indian summer." There is much
See also:sunshine, and the atmosphere is bracing and exhilarating .
See also:Flora.—The general flora of the Maritime Provinces,
See also:Quebec and Eastern Ontario is much the same, except that in Nova Scotia a number of
See also:species are found
See also:common also to Newfound-
See also:land that are not apparent inland .
See also:Professor Macoun gives us a few notable species—Calluna vulgaris, Salisb., Alchemilla vulgaris, L.,
See also:Rhododendron maximum, L., Ilex glabia,
See also:Gray, Hudsonia ericoides, L., Gaylussacia dumosa, F. and G., and Schezaea pusilla, Pursh . In New
See also:Brunswick the western flora begins to appear as well as immigrants from the south, while in the next eastern province, Quebec, the flora varies consider-ably . In the
See also:lower St
See also:country and about the Gulf many Arctic and sub-Arctic species are found . On the shores of the lower reaches Thalictruum alpinum, L., Vesicaria arctica,
See also:Richards, Arapis alpina, L., Saxifraga oppositifolia, L., Ceraslium alpinum, L., Saxifraga caespitosa, L. and S. have been gathered, and on the Shickshock Mountains of Eastern Canada Silene acaulis, L., Lyclznis alpina, L., Cassiope hypnoides, Don., Rhododendron laponicum, Wahl, and many others . On the
See also:summit of these hills (4000 ft.) have been collected Aspidium aculeatum,
See also:var., Scopulinum, D . C .
See also:Eaton, Pellaea dense,
See also:Hook, Gallium kamtschaticum, Sletten . From the city of Quebec westwards there is a constantly increasing ratio of southern forms, and when the
See also:mountain (so called) at
See also:Montreal is reached the representative Ontario flora begins . In Ontario the flora of the
See also:part is much the same as that of the Gulf of St Lawrence, but from Montreal along the
See also:Ottawa and St Lawrence valleys the flora takes a more southern aspect, and trees, shrubs and herbaceous
See also:plants not found in the eastern parts of the Dominion become common . In the
See also:forest regions north of the lakes the vegetation on the shores of Lake
See also:Erie requires a high winter temperature, while the east and northx447 shores of Lake
See also:Superior have a boreal vegetation that shows the summer temperature of this enormous
See also:water-stretch to be quite low . Beyond the forest country of Ontario come the prairies of
See also:Manitoba and the North-West Territories . In the ravines the eastern flora continues for some distance, and then disappearing gives place to that of the
See also:prairie, which is found everywhere between the Red river and the Rocky Mountains except in wooded and
See also:damp localities .
Northwards, in theSaskatchewan country, the flora of the forest and that of the prairies intermingle . On the prairies and the
See also:foot-hills of the Rocky Mountains a
See also:great variety of
See also:grasses are found, several years' collection resulting in 42 genera and 156 species . Of the best
See also:hay and pasture grasses, Agropyrum Elymus, Stipa, Bromus, Agrostis, Calamagrostes and Poa, there are 59 species . Besides the grasses there are leguminous plants valuable for pasture—Astragalus, Vicia (
See also:vetch), Lathyrus (wild
See also:pea) of which there are many species . The
See also:family is represented by Prunus, Potentilla, Fragaria, Rosa, Rubus and Amelanc/zier . About the saline lakes and marshes of the prairie country are found Ruppia maritime, L., Heliotropium curassavicum, L., natives of the
See also:Atlantic coast, and numerous species of
See also:Chenopodium, Atriplex and allied genera . The flora of the forest
See also:belt of the North-West Territories differs little from that of northern Ontario . At the beginning of the
See also:elevation of the Rocky Mountains there is a luxurious growth of herbaceous plants, including a number of rare umbellifers . At the higher levels the vegetation becomes more Arctic . Northwards the valleys of the Peace and other
See also:rivers differ little from those of Quebec and the northern prairies . On the western slope of the mountains, that is, the Selkirk and Coast ranges as distinguished from the eastern or Rocky Mountains range, the flora differs, the climate being damp instead of dry . In some of the valleys having an outlet to the south the flora is partly
See also:peculiar to the
See also:desert, and such species as Purshia tridentata, D.C., and Artemisia tridentata, Nutt., and species of Cilia,
See also:Aster and Erigonum are found that are not met with elsewhere .
Above Yale, in the drier part of the
See also:Fraser valley, the
See also:absence of
See also:rain results in the same character of flora, while in the
See also:rainy districts of the lower Fraser the vegetation is so luxuriant that it resembles that of the tropics . So in various parts of the mountainous country of
See also:Columbia, the flora varies according to
See also:climatic conditions . Nearer the Pacific coast the woods and open spaces are filled with
See also:flowers and shrubs . Liliaceous flowers are abundant, including Erythoniums, Trilliums, Alliums, Brodeaeas, Fritil-!arias, Siliums, Camassias and others . Fauna.—The larger animals of Canada are the
See also:musk ox and the caribou of the barren lands, both having their habitat in the far north; the caribou of the woods, found in all the provinces except in
See also:Edward Island; the
See also:moose, with an equally wide range in the wooded country; the Virginia
See also:deer, in one or other of its varietal forms, common to all the southern parts; the black-tailed deer or
See also:mule deer and allied forms, on the western edge of the plains and in British Columbia; the pronghorn
See also:antelope on the plains, and a small remnant of the once plentiful bison found in northern Alberta and Mackenzie, now called "
See also:buffalo." The wapiti or American
See also:elk at one
See also:time abounded from Quebec to the Pacific, and as far north as the Peace river, but is now found only in small numbers from Manitoba westwards . In the mountains of the west are the grizzly bear, black hear and
See also:cinnamon bear . The black bear is also common to most other parts of Canada; the polar bear everywhere along the Arctic littoral . The large or
See also:wolf is found in the wooded districts of all the provinces, and on the plains there is also a smaller wolf called the
See also:coyote . In British Columbia the
See also:puma or cougar, sometimes called the
See also:panther and the American lion, still frequently occurs; and in all parts the common
See also:fox and the
See also:silver fox, the lynx, beaver,
See also:otter, marten,
See also:fisher, wolverene,
See also:skunk and other fur-bearing animals . Mountain and plain and Arctic
See also:hares and rabbits are plentiful or scarce in localities, according to seasons or other circumstances . In the mountains of British Columbia are the bighorn or Rocky Mountain
See also:sheep and the Rocky Mountain
See also:goat, while the 1+S saddleback and white mountain sheep have recently been discovered in the northern
See also:Cordillera . The birds of Canada are mostly migratory, and are those common to the northern and central states of the
See also:United States .
The wildfowl are, particularly in the west, in great numbers; their breeding-grounds extending from Manitoba and the western prairies up to Hudson Bay, the barren lands and Arctic coasts . The several kinds of geese-including the Canada
See also:goose, the Arctic goose or wavey, the laughing goose, the brant and others-all breed in the northern regions, but are found in great numbers throughout the several provinces, passing north in the spring and south in the autumn . There are several varieties of
See also:grouse, the largest of which is the grouse of British Columbia and the pennated grouse and the prairie chicken of Manitoba and the plains, besides the so-called
See also:partridge and
See also:willow partridge, both of which are grouse . While the pennated grouse (called the prairie chicken in Canada) has always been plentiful, the prairie
See also:hen (or chicken) proper is a more
See also:recent arrival from
See also:Minnesota and the Dakotas, to which it had come from
See also:Illinois and the south as settlement and accompanying wheatfields extended north . In certain parts of Ontario the wild
See also:turkey is occasionally found and the ordinary
See also:quail, but in British Columbia is found the California quail, and a larger
See also:bird much resembling it called the mountain partridge . The
See also:golden eagle, bald-headed eagle,
See also:osprey and a large variety of
See also:hawks are common in Canada, as are the snowy
See also:owl, the horned owl and others inhabiting northern climates . The raven frequently remains even in the colder parts throughout the winter; these, with the Canada jay,
See also:grosbeak and snow
See also:bunting, being the
See also:principal birds seen in Manitoba and northern districts in that
See also:season . The rook is not found, but the common crow and one or two other kinds are there during the summer .
See also:Song-birds are plentiful, especially in wooded regions, and include the American
See also:oriole, thrushes, the cat-bird and various sparrows; while the
See also:English sparrow, introduced years ago, has multiplied excessively and become a nuisance in the towns . The smallest of the birds, the
See also:throat humming-bird, is found everywhere, even up to timber
See also:line in the mountains . The
See also:sea-birds include a great variety of gulls, guillemots, cormorants, albatrosses (four species), fulmars and petrels, and in the Gulf of St Lawrence the
See also:gannet is very abundant . Nearly all the sea-birds of Great Britain are found in
See also:waters or are represented by closely allied species .
(A . P . C.)
See also:Area and Population.-The following table shows the division of the Dominion into provinces and districts, with the capital, population and estimated area of each . 1 The
See also:census is taken every ten years, save in these three provinces, where it is taken every five . Their population in 1906 was:-Manitoba, 360,000; Saskatchewan, 257,000; Alberta, 184,000 . 2 The areas assigned to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and British Columbia are exclusive of the territorial seas, that to Quebec is exclusive of the Gulf of St Lawrence (though including the islands lying within it), and that to Ontario is exclusive of the Canadian portion of the Great Lakes . About 500,000 sq. m. belong to the Arctic region and 125,755 sq. m. are water . (POPULAT"I(14 In 1867 the Dominion was formed by the union of the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec (Lower Canada) and Ontario (Upper Canada) . In 1869 the North-west Territories were
See also:purchased from the Hudson's Bay
See also:Company, from a corner of which Manitoba was carved in the next
See also:year . In 1871 British Columbia and in 1873 Prince Edward Island joined the Dominion . The islands and other districts within the Arctic circle became a portion of the Dominion only in 188o, when all British possessions in North
See also:America, excepting
See also:Newfoundland, with its dependency; the Labrador coast, and the Bermuda islands, were annexed to Canada . West of the province of Ontario, then inaccurately defined, the provinces of Manitoba and British Columbia were the only organized divisions of the western territory, but in 1882 the provisional districts of
See also:Athabasca, Alberta and Saskatchewan were formed, leaving the
See also:remainder of the north-west as unorganized territories, a certain portion of the north-east, called
See also:Keewatin, having previously been placed under the
See also:governor of Manitoba .
In 1905 these four districts were formed into the two provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and Keewatin was placed directly under the federal
See also:government . In 1898, owing to the influx of miners, the Yukon territory was constituted and granted a limited measure of self-government . The unorganized territories are sparsely inhabited by
See also:Indians, the
See also:people of the Hudson's Bay Company's posts and a few missionaries . Population.-The growth of population is shown by the following figures:-1871, 3,485,761; 1881, 4,324,810; 1891, 4,833,239; 1901, 5,371,315 . Since
See also:Tool the increase has been more rapid, and in 1905 alone 144,621 emigrants entered Canada, of whom about two-fifths were from Great Britain and one-third from the United States . The
See also:density of population is greatest in Prince Edward Island, where it is 51.6 to the sq. m.; in Nova Scotia it is 22.3; New Brunswick, 11.8; Ontario, 9.9; Manitoba, 4'9; Quebec, 4.8; Saskatchewan, i•oi; Alberta, 0.72; British Columbia, o•4; the Dominion, 1.8 . This is not an indication of the density in settled parts; as in Quebec, Ontario and the western provinces there are large unpopulated districts, the area of which enters into the calculation . The population is composed mainly of English- or French-speaking people; but there are German settlements of some extent in Ontario, and of
See also:late years there has been a large immigration into the western provinces and territories from other parts of
See also:Europe, including Russians, Galicians,
See also:Polish and
See also:Russian Jews, and Scandinavians . These
See also:foreign elements have been assimilated more slowly than in the United States, but the
See also:process is being hastened by the growth of a
See also:national consciousness . English, Irish and Scots and their descendants form the bulk of the popula- tion of Ontario, French-Canadians of Quebec, Scots of Nova Scotia, the Irish of a large proportion of New Brunswick . In the other provinces the latter
See also:race tends to confine itself to the cities . Manitoba is largely peopled from On- tario, together with a decreasing number of
See also:children of white fathers (chiefly French or Scottish) and Indian mothers-who originally formed the bulk of its inhabitants .
Alberta and Saskatchewan, particularly the ranching districts, are chiefly peopled by English immigrants, though since 190o there has also been a large influx from the United States . British Columbia contains a mixed population, of which in the
See also:mining districts a large proportion is American . Since 1871 a great
See also:change has taken place throughout the west, i.e. from Lake Superior to the Pacific . Then Manitoba was principally inhabited by English and French half-breeds (or Metis), descendants of Hudson's Bay Company's employes, or Area in Population . Official Capital . sq.m . 1881 . 1901 . Provinces- 26o,862 1,926,922 2,182,947
See also:Toronto Ontario Quebec 351,873 1,359,027 1,648,898 Quebec Nova Scotia 21,428 440,572 459,574
See also:Halifax New Brunswick 27,985 321,233 331,120
See also:Fredericton Manitoba 73,732 62,26o 255,2111
See also:Winnipeg British Columbia 372,630 49,459 178,657 Victoria Prince Edward Island 2,184 108,891 ": . 103,259
See also:Charlottetown Saskatchewan 250,650 91,460 1
See also:Regina Alberta 253,540 25,515 72,841 dmonton Districts- 516,571 8,800 Kcewatin Yukon 196,976 27,219 Dawson City Mackenzie 562,182 30,931 5,216 Ungava 354,961 5,113
See also:Franklin 500,000 _se 3,745,5742 4,324,810 5,371,315 Ottawa The Dominion adventurous pioneers from Quebec, together with Scottishsettlers, descendants of those brought out by
See also:Lord Selkirk (q.v.), some English army pensioners and others,
See also:anti the
See also:van of the immigras tion that shortly followed from Ontario . Beyond Manitoba buffalo were still
See also:running on the plains, and British Columbia having lost its mining population of r8sg and 186o was largely inhabited by Indians, its white population which centred in the city of Victoria being principally English . French is the language of the province of Quebec, though English is much spoken in the cities; both
See also:languages are officially recognized in that province, and in the federal courts and parliament .
Elsewhere, English is exclusively used, save by the newly-arrived foreigners . The malesex is slightly the more numerous in all the provinces except Quebec, the greatest discrepancy existing in British Columbia . The
See also:rate is high, especially in Quebec, where families of twelve to twenty are not infrequent, but is decreasing in Ontario . In spite of the growth of manufactures since 1878, there are few large cities, and the proportion of the urban population to the rural is small . Herein it differs noticeably from
See also:Australia . Between 1891 and 19or the number of farmers in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces decreased, and there seemed a prospect of the country being divided into a manufacturing east and an agricultural west, but latterly large tracts in northern Ontario and Quebec have proved suitable for cultivation and are being opened up . Religion.—There is no established
See also:church in Canada, but in the province of Quebec certain rights have been allowed to the
See also:Roman Catholic church ever since the British
See also:conquest . In that province about 87% of the population belongs to this church, which is strong in the others also, embracing over two-fifths of the population of the Dominion . The Protestants have shown a tendency to subdivision, and many curious and ephemeral sects have sprung up; of late years, however, the various sections of Presbyterians, Methodists and
See also:Baptists have united, and a working
See also:alliance has been formed between Presbyterians, Methodists and Congregationalists . The Methodists are the strongest, and in Ontario form over 3o% of the population . Next come the Presbyterians, the backbone of the maritime provinces . The Church of England is strong in the cities, especially Toronto .
Save among the Indians, active disbelief in
See also:Christianity is practically non-existent, and even among them 9o% are nominally Christian . Indians.—The Indian population numbers over 1oo,000 and has slightly increased since 1881 . Except in British Columbia and the unorganized territories, nearly all of these are on reservations, where they are wider government supervision, receiving an
See also:annuity in
See also:money and a certain amount 'of provisions; and where, by means of
See also:schools and other methods, civilized habits are slowly superseding their former mode of
See also:life: British Columbia has about 25,000, most of whom are along the coast, though one of the important tribes, the Shuswaps, is in the interior . An almost equal number are found in the three prairie provinces . Those of Ontario, numbering about 20,000, are more civilized than those of the west, many of them being
See also:good farmers . In all the provinces they are under the '
See also:control of the federal government which acts as their trustee, investing the money which they derive chiefly from the sale of lands and timber, and making a large
See also:annual appropriation for the payment of their annuities, schools and other expenses . While unable to alienate their reservations, save to the federal government, they are not confined to them, but wander at pleasure . As they progress towards a settled mode of life; they are given the franchise; this process is especially far advanced in Ontario . A certain number are found in all the provinces . They make incomparable guides for fishing,
See also:hunting and
See also:surveying parties, on which they will cheerfully undergo the greatest 'hardships, though tending to shrink from
See also:regular employment in cities or on farms . Orientals.—The
See also:Chinese and
See also:Japanese numbered in r906 about 2o,000, of whom, three-quarters were in British Columbia, though they were spreading through the other provinces, chiefly aslaundrymen . They are as a
See also:rule frugal, industrious and
See also:law-abiding, and are feared rather for their virtues than for their vices .
Since x885 a tax has been imposed on all Chinese entering Canada, and in 1903 this was raised to £roo ($500) . British Columbia endeavoured in 1905 to
See also:lay a similar restriction on the Japanese, but the
See also:act was disallowed by the federal legislature .
See also:Finance.—Since 1871 the decimal
See also:system of coinage, corresponding to that of the United States, has been the only one employed . One
See also:dollar is divided into one
See also:hundred cents (£r =$4.86i) . The money in circulation consists of a limited number of notes issued by the federal government, and the notes of the chartered
See also:banks, together with gold, silver and copper
See also:coin . Previous to 1906 this coin was minted in England, but in that year a branch of the royal mint was established at Ottawa . Though the whole
See also:financial system rests on the
See also:maintenance of the gold standard, gold coin plays a much smaller part in daily business than in England, France or Germany . United States' notes and silver are usually received at
See also:par; those of other nations are subject to a varying rate of
See also:exchange . The banking system, which retains many features of the Scotch system, on which it was originally modelled, combines security for the note-holders and depositors with prompt increase and diminution of the circulation in accordance with the varying conditions of
See also:trade . This is especially important in a country where the large wheat
See also:crop renders an additional quantity of money necessary on very short
See also:notice during the autumn and winter . There has been no successful attempt to introduce the "wild cat" banking , which had such disastrous effects in the early days of the western states . Since federation no chartered
See also:bank has been compelled to liquidate without paying its note-holders in full .
The larger banks are chartered by the federal government; in the smaller towns a number of private banks remain, but their importance is small, owing to the great facilities given to the chartered banks by the branch system . In 1906 there were 34 chartered banks, of which the branches had grown from 619 in 1900 to 1565 in 1906, and the number since then has rapidly increased . The banks are required by law to furnish to the finance
See also:minister detailed monthly statements which are published in the official
See also:gazette . Once in every ten years the banking act is revised and weaknesses amended . Clearing-houses have been established in the chief commercial centres . In
See also:October 1906 the chartered banks had an aggregate paid-up capital of over $94,000,000 with a note circulation of $83,000,000 and deposits of over $553,000,000 . There are four kinds of savings banks in Canada:—(r) the
See also:office savings banks; (2) the government savings banks of the Maritime provinces taken over at federation and being gradually merged with the former; (3) two
See also:special savings banks in the cities of Montreal and Quebec; (4) the savings bank departments of the chartered banks . The rate of
See also:interest allowed by the government is now 3%, and the chartered banks usually follow the government rate . The amount on deposit in the first three increased from $5,057,607 in 1868 to $89,781,546 in October 1906 . The returns from the chartered banks do not specify the deposits in these special accounts . The numerous
See also:loan and
See also:trust companies also possess certain banking privileges . The federal revenue is derived mainly from customs and
See also:excise duties, with subsidiary amounts from mining licences, timber dues, post-office, &c .
Both the revenue and the
See also:expenditure have in recent years increased greatly, the revenue rising from $46,743,103 in 1899 to $71,186,073 in 1905 and the expenditure keeping
See also:pace with it . The
See also:debt of the Dominion in 1873 and in 1905 was: 1873 . 1905 .
See also:Gross debt . , $129,743 432 $377,678,580 Assets 30,894,970 111,454,413
See also:Net debt 98,848,462 266,224,167 While the debt had thus increased faster than the population, it weighed' less heavily on the people, not only on account of the great increase in commercial prosperity, but of the much lower rate of interest paid, and of the increasing revenue derived from assets . Whereas in 1867 the rate of interest was over 4%, and interest was being paid on former provincial loans of over 6%, Canada could in 1906
See also:borrow at 3% . The greater part of the debt arises from the
See also:assumption of the debts of the provinces as they entered federation, expenditure on canals and assistance given to
See also:railways . It does not include the debts incurred by certain provinces since federation, a
See also:matter which concerns themselves alone . A strong
See also:prejudice against
See also:taxation exists, and none is imposed by the federal government, though it has been tentatively introduced in the provinces, especially in Quebec, in the form of liquor _licences, succession duties, corporation taxes, &c . British Columbia has a direct tax on
See also:property and on income . The cities, towns and municipalities resort to it to supply their
See also:local needs, and there is a tendency, especially pronounced in Ontario on account of the excellence of her municipal system, to devolve the
See also:burden of educational payments, and others more properly provincial, upon the municipal authorities on the plea of decentralization . Commerce and Manufactures.—Since 1867 the opening up of the fertile lands in the north-west, the increase of population, the
See also:discovery of new
See also:fields, the construction of railways and the great improvement of the canal system have changed the conditions, methods and channels of trade .
The greatextension during the same
See also:period of the use of water-power has been of immense importance to Canada, most of the provinces possessing numerous swift-flowing streams or waterfalls, capable of generating a practically unlimited supply of power . In 1878 the introduction of the so-called " National Policy " of
See also:protection furthered the growth of manufactures . Protection still remains the trade policy of Canada, though modified by a preference accorded to imports from Great Britain and from most of the British colonies . The
See also:tariff, though moderate as compared with that of the United States, amounted in 1907 to about 28% on dutiable imports and to about 16% on
See also:total imports . Tentative attempts at export duties have also been made . Inter-provincial commerce is
See also:free, and the home market is greatly increasing in importance . The power to make commercial
See also:relating to Canada rests with the government of Great Britain, but in most cases the official consent of Canada is required, and for many years no treaty repugnant to her interests has been signed . The denunciation by the British government in 1897 of commercial treaties with Belgium and Germany, at the
See also:request of Canada, was a striking
See also:proof of her increasing importance, and attempts have at various times been made to obtain the full treaty-making power for the federal government . The great proportion of the foreign trade of the Dominion is with the United States and Great Britain . From the former come most of the manufactured goods imported and large quantities of raw materials; to the latter are sent
See also:food-stuffs .
See also:Farm products are the most important export, and with the extension of this
See also:industry in the north-west provinces and in northern Ontario will probably continue to be so . Gold, silver, copper and other minerals are largely exported, chiefly in an unrefined state and almost entirely to the United States .
The exports of
See also:lumber are about equally divided between the two . Formerly, the logs were shipped as square timber, but now almost always in the form of deals, planks or laths; such square timber as is still shipped goes almost entirely to Great Britain . Wood pulp for the manufacture of paper is exported chiefly to the United States . To that country fresh
See also:fish is sent in large quantities, and there is an important trade in canned salmon between British Columbia and Great Britain . Few of the manufacturers do more than compete with the foreigner for an increasing
See also:share of the home market . In this they have won increased success, at least five-sixths of the manufactured goods used being produced within the country, but a
See also:desire for further protection is loudly expressed . Though the chief foreign commerce is with Great Britain and the United States, the Dominion has trade relations with all the chief countries of theworld and maintains commercial agents among them . Her total foreign trade (import and export) was in 1906 over roo,000,000 .
See also:Shipping.—The chief seaports from east to west are Halifax, N.S.,
See also:Sydney, N.S., St
See also:John, N.B., Quebec and Montreal on the Atlantic; and Vancouver, Esquimalt and Victoria, B.C., on the Pacific . Halifax is the ocean
See also:terminus of the Intercolonial railway; St John, Halifax and Vancouver of the Canadian Pacific railway . Prince
See also:Rupert, the western terminus of the
See also:Grand Trunk Pacific railway, was in 1906 only an uninhabited
See also:harbour, but was being rapidly
See also:developed into a flourishing city . Though Halifax and St John are open in winter, much of the winter trade eastwards is done through American harbours, especially
See also:Portland, Maine, owing to the shorter railway
See also:journey .
See also:Kingston (Ont.) and Quebec have well-equipped graving-docks . The coast, both of the ocean and of the Great Lakes, is well lighted and protected . The decay of the wooden
See also:shipbuilding industry has lessened the
See also:comparative importance of the
See also:mercantile marine, but there has been a great increase in the
See also:tonnage employed in the
See also:coasting trade and upon inland waters . Numerous steamship lines ply between Canada and Great Britain; direct communication exists with France, and the steamers of the Canadian Pacific railway run regularly to
See also:Japan and to Australia .
See also:Internal Communications.—Her splendid lakes and rivers, the development of her canal system, and the growth of railways have made the interprovincial
See also:traffic of Canada far greater than her foreign; and the
See also:portfolio of railways and canals is one of the most important in the
See also:cabinet . There are, nominally, about 200 railways, but about one-half of these, comprising five-sixths of the mileage, have been amalgamated into four great systems: the Grand Trunk, the Canadian Pacific, the Canadian Northern and the Intercolonial; most of the others have been more or less consolidated . With the first of the four large systems is connected the Grand Trunk Pacific . The Intercolonial, as also a line across Prince Edward Island, is owned and operated by the federal government . Originally built chiefly as a military road, and often the victim of
See also:political exigencies, it has not been a commercial success, With the completion of the Grand Trunk Pacific (planned for 1911) and the Canadian Northern, the country would possess three trans-
See also:continental railways, and be free from the reproach, so long hurled at it, of possessing length without breadth . At numerous points along the frontier, connexion is made with the railways of the United States . Liberal aid is given by the federal, provincial and municipal governments to the construction of railways, amounting often to more than half the cost of the road . The government of Ontario has constructed a line to open up the agricultural and mining districts of the north of the province, and is operating it by means of a commission .
Practically all the cities' and large towns have electric tramways, and
See also:electricity is also used as a
See also:motive power on many lines uniting the larger cities with the surrounding towns and villages . Since 1903 the Dominion government has instituted a railway commission of three members with large
See also:powers of control over
See also:freight and passenger rates and other such matters . Telephone and
See also:express companies are also subject to its jurisdiction . From its decisions an
See also:appeal may be made to the governor-general in council, i.e. to the federal cabinet . It has exercised a beneficial check on the railways and has been cheerfully accepted by them . In Ontario a some-what similar commission, appointed by the local government, exercises extensive powers of control over railways solely within the province, especially over the electric lines . Despite the increase in railway facilities, the waterways remain important factors in the transportation of the country . Steamers ply on lakes and rivers in every province, and even in the far northern districts of Yukon and Mackenzie . Where necessary obstacles are surmounted by canals, on which over £22,000,000 have been spent, chiefly since federation . The St Lawrence 1 In Canada a city must have over ro,000 inhabitants, a
See also:town over 2000 . river canal system from Lake Superior to
See also:tide water overcomes a difference of about 60o ft., and carries large quantities of grain from the west to Montreal, the
See also:head of summer navigation on the Atlantic . These canals have a minimum
See also:depth of 14 ft. on the sills, and are open to Canadian and American vessels on equal terms; the equipment is in every respect of the most
See also:modern character .
So great, however, is the desire to shorten the time and distance necessary for the transportation of grain from Lake Superior to Montreal that an increasing quantity is taken by water as far as the Lake
See also:Huron and Georgian Bay ports, and thence by
See also:rail to Montreal . Numerous smaller canals bring Ottawa into connexion with Lake Champlain and the Hudson river via Montreal; by this route the logs and sawn lumber of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick find their destination . It has long been a Canadian ideal to shorten the distance from Lake Superior to the sea . With this
See also:object in view, the Trent Valley system of canals has been built, connecting Lake Ontario with the Georgian Bay (an,
See also:arm of Lake Huron) via Lake
See also:Simcoe . In 1899 and subsequently surveys were made with a view to connecting the Georgian Bay through the intervening water stretches, with the Ottawa river system, and thence to Montreal . In 1903 all tolls were taken off the Canadian canals, greatly to the benefit of trade . Mining.—The mineral districts occur from Cape Breton to the islands in the Pacific and the Yukon
See also:district . Nova Scotia, British Columbia and the Yukon are still the most productive, but the northern parts of Ontario are proving
See also:rich in the precious metals .
See also:Coal, chiefly bituminous, occurs in large quantities in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and in various parts of the north-west (
See also:lignite), though most of the
See also:anthracite is imported from the United States, as is the greater part of the bituminous coal used in Ontario . Under the stimulus of federal bounties, the production of
See also:pig iron and of
See also:steel, chiefly from imported ore, is rapidly increasing . Bounties on certain minerals and metals are also given by some of the provinces . The goldfields of the Yukon, though still valuable, show a lessening production .
Sudbury, in Ontario, is the centre of the nickel production of the
See also:world, the mines being chiefly in American hands, and the product exported to the United States . Of the less important minerals, Canada is the world's chief producer of
See also:asbestos and
See also:corundum . Copper, lead, silver and all the important metals are
See also:mined in the Rocky Mountain district . From Quebec westwards, vast regions are still partly, or completely, unexplored . Lumber.—In spite of great improvidence, and of loss by
See also:fire, the forest
See also:wealth of Canada is still the greatest in the world .
See also:Measures have been taken, both by the provincial and the federal governments, for its preservation, and for re-forestation of depleted areas . Certain provinces prohibit the exportation of logs to the United States, in
See also:order to promote the growth of saw-mills and manufactures of wooden-
See also:ware within the country, and the latter have of late years developed with great rapidity . The lumber trade of British Columbia has suffered from lack of an adequate market, but is increasing with the greater demand from the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan . A great development has also taken place in Ontario and the eastern provinces, through the use of spruce and other trees, long considered comparatively useless, in the manufacture of wood-pulp for paper-making .
See also:Crown Lands.—Large areas of unoccupied land remain in all the provinces (except Prince Edward Island) . In Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, the so-called railway belt of British Columbia and the territories, these crown lands are chiefly owned by the federal parliament; in the other provinces, by the local legislatures . So great is their extent that, in spite of the immigration of recent years, the Dominion government gives a
See also:freehold of 16o acres to every bona fide settler, subject to certain conditions of residence and the erection of buildings during the first three years .
Mining and timber lands are sold or leased at moderate rates . All crown lands controlled by the provinces must be paid for, save in certain districts of Ontario, where free grants are given, but theprice charged islow . The Canadian Pacific railway controls large land areas in the two new provinces; and large tracts in these provinces are owned by land companies . Both the Dominion and the provincial governments have set apart certain areas to be preserved, largely in their wild state, as national parks . Of these the.most extensive are the Rocky Mountains
See also:Park at
See also:Banff, Alberta, owned by the Dominion government, and the "
See also:Algonquin National Park," north-east of Lake Simcoe, the property of Ontario .
See also:Fisheries.—The principal fisheries are those on the Atlantic coast, carried on by the inhabitants of Nova Scotia, New Bruns-
See also:wick, Prince Edward Island, and the eastern section of Quebec .
See also:Cod, herring,
See also:mackerel and lobsters are the fish chiefly caught, though
See also:halibut, salmon, anchovies and so-called sardines are also exported . Bounties to encourage deep-sea fishing have been given by the federal government since 1882 . In British Columbian waters the
See also:main catch is of salmon, in addition to which are halibut, oolachan, herring,
See also:sturgeon, cod and
See also:shell-fish . The lakes of Ontario and Manitoba produce white fish, sturgeon and other fresh-water fish . About 8o,000 persons find more or less permanent employment in the fishing industry, including the majority of the Indians of British Columbia . The business of fur-seal catching is carried on to some extent in the North Pacific and in
See also:Bering Sea by sealers from Victoria, but the returns show it to be a decreasing industry, as well as one causing
See also:friction with the United States .
Indeed, nodepartment of national life has caused more continual trouble between the two peoples than the fisheries, owing to different
See also:laws regarding fish protection, and the
See also:constant invasion by each of the territorial waters of the other .
See also:Education.—The British North America Act imposes on the provincial legislatures the
See also:duty of legislating on educational matters, the privileges of the denominational and
See also:separate schools in Ontario and Quebec being specially safeguarded . In 1871, the New Brunswick legislature abolished the separate school system, and a contest arose which was finally settled by the authority of the legislature being sustained, though certain concessions were made to the Roman Catholic dissentients, Subsequently a similar difficulty arose in Manitoba, where the legislature in 1890 abolished the system of separate schools which had been established in 1871 . After years of bitter controversy, in which a federal
See also:ministry was overthrown, a compromise was arranged in 1897, in which the Roman Catholic leaders have never fully acquiesced . In the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, formed in 1905, certain educational privileges (though not amounting to a separate school system) were granted to the Roman Catholics . All the provinces have made sacrifices to insure the spread of education . In 1901, 76% of the total population could read and write, and 86% of those over five years of age . These percentages have gradually risen ever since federation, especially in the province of Quebec, which was long in a backward state . The school systems of all the provinces are, in spite of certain imperfections, efficient and well-equipped, that of Ontario being especially celebrated . A
See also:fuller account of their special features will be found under the articles on the different provinces . Numerous residential schools exist and are increasing in number with the growth of the country in wealth and culture . In Quebec are a number of so-called classical colleges, most of them affiliated with Laval University .
Higher education was originally organized by the various religious bodies, each of which retains at least one university in more or less integral connexion with itself . New Brunswick, Ontario and Manitoba support provincial
See also:universities at Fredericton, Toronto and Winnipeg . Those of most importance' are: Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S . (1818); the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B . (1800); McGill University, Montreal, Que . (1821); Laval University, Quebec, and Montreal, Que . (1852);
See also:Queen's University, Kingston, Ont . (1841); the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont . (1827); i The date of foundation is given in brackets . 152 Trinity University, Toronto, Ont . (1852); Victoria University, Toronto, Ont . (1836); the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont .
(1848); the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg,Man . (1877) . Of these McGill (see MONTREAL) is especially noted for the excellence of its training in
See also:practical and applied science . Many of the students, especially in the departments of
See also:medicine and
See also:complete their education in the United States, Britain or Europe . Most of the larger towns and cities contain public
See also:libraries, that of Toronto being especially well-equipped . Of the numerous learned and scientific
See also:societies, the chief is the Royal Society of Canada, founded in 1881 . Defence.—The command in chief of all
See also:naval and military forces is vested in the
See also:king, but their control rests with the federal parliament . The naval forces, consisting of a fisheries protection service, are under the minister of marine and fisheries, the land forces under the minister of militia and defence .
See also:Prior to 1903, command of the latter was vested in a British officer, but since then has been entrusted to a militia council, of which the minister is
See also:president . The fortified harbours of Halifax (N.S.) and Esquimalt (B.C.) were till 1905 maintained and garrisoned by the imperial government, but have since been taken over by Canada . This has entailed the increase of the permanent force to about 5000 men . Previously, it had numbered about l000 (
See also:artillery, dragoons,
See also:infantry) quartered in various schools, chiefly to aid in the training of the militia .
In this all able-bodied citizens between the ages of 18 and 6b are nominally enrolled, but the active militia consists of about 45,000 men of all ranks, in a varying state of efficiency . These cannot be compelled to serve outside the Dominion, though special
See also:corps may be enlisted for this purpose, as was done during the war in South Africa (1899-1902) . At Quebec is a Dominion
See also:rifle and
See also:ammunition factories .
See also:Cadet corps flourish in most of the city schools . At Kingston (Ont.) is the Royal Military
See also:College, to the successful graduates of which a certain number of commissions in the British service is annually awarded .
See also:Justice and
See also:Crime.—Justice is well administered throughout the country, and even in the remotest mining camps there has been little of the lawlessness seen in similar districts of Australia and the United States . For this great
See also:credit is due to the " North-west mounted
See also:police," the " Riders of the Plains," a highly efficient
See also:body of about seven hundred men, under the control of the federal government .
See also:Judges are appointed for life by the Dominion parliament, and cannot be removed save by
See also:impeachment before that body, an elaborate process never attempted since federation, though more than once threatened . From the decisions of the supreme
See also:court of Canada appeal may be made to the judicial
See also:committee of the imperial privy council . (W . L . G.)[
See also:AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURE Canada is pre-eminently an agricultural country .
Of the total population (estimated in 1907 at 6,440,000) over 50% are directly engaged in practical agriculture . In addition large numbers are engaged in
See also:industries arising out of agriculture; among these are manufacturers of agricultural implements, millers of
See also:flour and oatmeal, curers and packers of
See also:meat, makers of
See also:cheese and
See also:butter, and persons occupied in the transportation and commerce of grain, hay, live stock, meats, butter, cheese, milk, eggs, fruit and various other products . The country is splendidly formed for the production of food . Across the continent there is a zone about 3500 M. long and as wide as or wider than France, with (over a large part of this area) a climate adapted to the production of foods of superior quality . Since the opening of the loth century, great progress has been made in the settlement and agricultural development of the western territories between the provinces of Manitoba and British Columbia . The three " North-West Provinces " (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta) have a total area of 369,869,898 acres, of which 12,853,120 acres are water . In 1906 their population was 808,863,. nearly
See also:double what it was in 1901 . The land in this vast area varies in
See also:virginal fertility, but the best soils are very rich in the constituents of plant food . Chemical analyses made by Mr F . T . Shutt have proved that soils from the North-West Provinces contain an
See also:average of 18,000 lb of nitrogen, 15,580 lb of potash and 6,7oo lb of phosphoric acid per acre, these important elements of plant food being therefore
See also:present in much greater abundance than. they are in ordinary cultivated
See also:European soils of good quality . The prairie lands of Manitoba and Saskatchewan produce wheat of the finest quality .
See also:Horse and
See also:cattle ranching is practised in Alberta, where the milder winters allow of the outdoor wintering of live stock to a greater degree than is possible in the colder parts of Canada . The freezing of the
See also:soil in winter, which at first sight seems a
See also:drawback, retains the soluble nitrates which might otherwise be drained out . The copious snowfall protects vegetation, supplies moisture, and contributes nitrogen to the soil . The
See also:geographical position of Canada, its railway systems and steamship service for freight across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, are favourable to the extension of the export trade in farm products to European and
See also:oriental countries . Great progress has been made in the development of the railway systems of Canada, and the new trans-continental line from the Atlantic to the Pacific, passing through Saskatchewan via Saskatoon, and Alberta via
See also:Edmonton, renders possible of settlement large areas of fertile wheat-growing soil . The canal system of Canada, linking together the great natural waterways, is also of much present and prospective importance in cheapening the transportation of agricultural produce . Of wheat many varieties are grown . The methods of cultivation do not involve the application of so much hand labour per acre as in Europe . The average yield of wheat for the Crops. whole of Canada is nearly 20 bushels per acre . In 1901 the total production of wheat in Canada was 552 million bushels: In 1906 the estimated total production was 136 million bushels . The total wheat acreage, which at the census of 19o1 was 4,224,000, was over 6,200,000 in 1906, an increase of nearly two million acres in five years . Up to the close of the 19th century, Ontario was the largest wheat-growing province in Canada .
In 1900 the wheat acreage in Ontario was 1,487,633, producing 28,418,907 bushels, an average yield of 19.10 bushels per acre . Over three-quarters of this production was of fall or winter wheat, the average yield of which in Ontario over aseries of years since 1883 had been about 20 bushels per acre . But the predominance in wheat-growing has now shifted to the new prairie regions of the west . A census taken in 1906 shows that the total acreage of wheat in the North-West Provinces was 5,062,493, yielding 110,586,824 bushels, an average in a fairly normal season of 21.84 bushels per acre . Of this total wheat acreage, 2,721,079 acres were in Manitoba, 2,117,484 acres in Saskatchewan, and 223,930 acres AGRICULTURE] in Alberta, with average yields per acre at the rates of 20.02 bushels in Manitoba, 23.70 in Saskatchewan and 26.49 in Alberta . In these provinces spring wheat is almost universally sown, except in Alberta where fall or winter wheat is also sown to a considerable extent . Summer fallowing for wheat is a practice that has gained ground in the North-West Provinces . Land ploughed and otherwise tilled, but
See also:left unseeded during the summer, is sown with wheat in the succeeding autumn or spring . Wheat on summer
See also:fallow land yielded, according to the North-West census of 1906, from 2 to 8 bushels per acre more than that sown on other land . Summer fallowing is, however, subject to one drawback: the strong growth which it induces is
See also:apt to retard the ripening of the grain . Canada is clearly destined to
See also:rank as one of the most important grain-producing countries of the world . The northern limits of the wheat-growing areas have not been definitely ascertained; but samples of good wheat were grown in 1907 at Fort
See also:Vermilion on the Peace river, nearly 600 m. north of Winnipeg in
See also:lat .
58.34 and at Fort Simpson on the Mackenzie river in lat . 61.52, more than Boo m. north of Winnipeg and about l000 m. north of the United States boundary . As a rule the
See also:weather during the harvesting period permits the grain to be gathered safely without damage from sprouting . Occasionally in certain localities in the north-west the grain is liable to injury from frost in late summer; but as the proportion of land under cultivation increases the climate becomes modified and the danger from frost is appreciably less . The loss from this cause is also less than formerly, because any grain unfit for export is now readily purchased for the feeding of animals in Ontario and other parts of eastern Canada . Suitable machinery for cleaning the grain is everywhere in general use, so that
See also:weed seeds are removed before the wheat is ground . This gives Canadian wheat excellent milling properties, and enables the millers to turn out flour
See also:uniform in quality and of high grade as to keeping properties . Canadian flour has a high reputation in European markets . It is known as flour from which bakers can make the best quality of
See also:bread, and also the largest quantity per
See also:barrel, the quantity of albuminoids being greater in Canadian flour than in the best brands of European . Owing to its possession of this characteristic of what millers
See also:term " strength," i.e. the relative capacity of flour to make large loaves of good quality, Canadian flour is largely in demand for blending with the flour of the softer English wheats . For this reason some of the strong Canadian wheats have commanded in the home market 5s. and 6s. a quarter more than English-grown wheat . At the general census of 1901 the number of flouring and grist
See also:mill establishments, each employing five persons and over, was returned at 400, the number of employes being 4251 and the value of products $31,835,873• A special census of manufactures in 1906 shows that these figures had grown in 1905 to 832 establishments, 5619 employes and $56,703,269 value of the products .
See also:room for a great extension in the cultivation of wheat and the manufacture. and exportation of flour . In the twelve months of 1907 Canada exported 37,503,057 bushels of wheat of the value of $34,132,759 and 1,858,485 barrels of flour of the value of $7,626,408 . The corresponding figures in 'goo were—wheat, 16,844,65o bushels,value, $11,995i488, and flour, 768,162 bushels, value, $2,791,885 . Oats of
See also:fine quality are grown in large crops from Prince Edward Island on the Atlantic coast to Vancouver Island on the Pacific coast . Over large areas the Canadian soil and climate are admirably adapted for producing oats of heavy
See also:weight per bushel . In all the provinces of eastern Canada the acreage under oats greatly exceeds that under wheat . The annual average
See also:oat crop in all Canada is estimated at about 248 million bushels . As the total annual export of oats is now less than three million bushels the home
See also:consumption is large, and this is an
See also:advantage in maintaining the fertility of the soil . In 1907 the area under oats in Ontario was 2,932,509 acres and yielded 83,524,301 bushels, the area being almost as large as that of the acreage under hay and larger than the combined total of the other153 principal cereals grown in the province . Canadian oatmeal is equal in quality to the best . It is prepared in different forms, and in various degrees of fineness .
See also:Barley was formerly grown for export to the United States for malting purposes .
After the raising of the duty on barley under the
See also:McKinley and Dingley tariffs that trade was practically destroyed and Canadian farmers were obliged to find other uses for this crop . Owing to the development of the trade with the
See also:mother-country in dairying and meat products, barley as a :home feeding material has become more indispensable than ever . Before the adoption of the McKinley tariff about nine million bushels of barley were exported annually, involving the loss of immense stores of plant food . In 1907, with an annual production of nearly fifty million bushels, only a trifling percentage was exported, the
See also:rest being fed at home and exported in the form of produce without loss from impoverishment of the soil . The preparation of pearl or pot barley is an incidental industry .
See also:Rye is cultivated successfully, but is seldom used for human food . Flour from wheat,
See also:meal from oats, and meal from Indian corn are preferred .
See also:Buckwheat flour is used in considerable quantities in some districts for the making of buckwheat cakes, eaten with
See also:syrup . These two make an excellent breakfast dish, characteristic of Canada and some of the New England states . There are also numerous forms of preparations from cereals, sold as break-fast foods, which, owing to the high quality of the grains grown in Canada and the care exercised in their manufacture, compare favourably with similar products in other countries . Peas in large areas are grown free from serious trouble with
See also:insect pests . Split peas for soup,
See also:green peas as vegetables and sweet peas for canning are obtained of good quality .
Vegetables are grown everywhere, and form a large part of the
See also:diet of the people . There is a comparatively small export, except in the case of turnips and potatoes and of vegetables which have been canned or dried . Besides potatoes, which thrive well and yield large quantities of excellent quality, there are turnips, carrots, parsnips and
See also:beets . The cultivation of
See also:sugar beets for the manufacture of sugar has been established in Ontario and in southern Alberta, where in 1906 an acreage under this crop of 3344 yielded 27,211 tons, an average of 8.13 tons per acre . Among the common vegetables used in the green state are peas, beans,
See also:cabbage, cauliflowers,
See also:asparagus, Indian corn, onions, leeks, tomatoes,
See also:parsley, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash and
See also:rhubarb . Hay, of good quality of timothy (Phleum pratense), and also of timothy and
See also:clover, is grown over extensive areas . For export it is put up in
See also:bales of about 150 lb each . Since 1899 a new form of pressing has been employed, whereby the hay is compressed to
See also:stow in about 70 cub. ft. per ton . This has been a means of reducing the ocean freight per ton . The compact
See also:condition permits the hay to be kept with less deterioration of quality than under the old system of more loose baling .
See also:Austrian brome grass (Bromus inermis) and western rye grass (Agropyrum tenerum) are both extensively grown for hay in the North-West Provinces . The almost universal adoption of electrical
See also:traction in towns has not led to the
See also:abandonment of the breeding of horses to the extent that was at one time anticipated .
See also:draught horses are reared in Ontario, and to a less stock. but increasing extent in the North-West Provinces, the breeds being mainly the Clydesdale and the
See also:Shire . Percherons are also bred in different parts of Canada, and a few Belgian draught horses have been introduced . Good horses suitable for general
See also:work on farms and for cabs, omnibuses, and grocery and delivery wagons, are plentiful for local markets and for export . Thoroughbred and pure bred
See also:hackney stallions are maintained in private studs and by agricultural associations throughout the Dominion, and animals for
See also:cavalry and mounted infantry remounts are produced in all the provinces including those of the North-West . Useful
See also:carriage horses and
See also:saddle horses are bred in many localities . Horse ranching is practised largely in Alberta . There are no government 154
See also:stud farms . The total number of horses in the Dominion was estimated on the basis of census returns at 2,019,824 for the year 1907, an increase of 609,309 since 1901 . Cattle, sheep,
See also:swine and poultry are reared in abundance . The bracing weather of Canadian winters is followed by the warmth and humidity of genial summers, under which crops grow in almost tropical luxuriance, while the cool evenings and nights give the plants a robustness of quality which is not to be. found in tropical regions, and also make life for the various domestic animals wholesome and comfortable . In the North-West Provinces there are vast areas of prairie land, over which cattle pasture, and from which thousands of
See also:fat bullocks are shipped annually . Throughout other parts bullocks are fed on pasture land, and also in stables on nourishing and succulent feed such as hay, Indian corn
See also:fodder, Indian corn silage, turnips, carrots, mangels, ground oats, barley, peas, Indian corn, rye,
See also:bran and
See also:linseed oil cake .
The breeding of cattle, adapted for the production of
See also:beef and of
See also:dairy cows for the production of milk, butter and cheese, has received much
See also:attention . There is government control of the spaces on the steamships in which the cattle are carried, and veterinary inspection prevents the exportation of diseased animals . A considerable trade has been established in the exportation of dressed beef in
See also:cold storage, and also in the exportation of meat and other foods in hermetically sealed receptacles . By the Meat and Canned Foods Act of 19o7 of the Dominion parliament and regulations thereunder, the trade is carried on under the strictest government supervision, and no canned articles of food may be exported unless passed as absolutely wholesome and officially marked as such by government inspectors . There is a considerable trade in " lunch tongues." The cattle breeds are principally those of British origin . For beef, shorthorns, Herefords, Galloways and
See also:Angus cattle are bred largely, whilst for dairying purposes, shorthorns, Ayrshires, Jerseys, Guernseys and Holstein-Friesians prevail . The French-Canadian cattle are highly esteemed in eastern Canada, especially by the farmers of the French provinces . They are a distinct breed of Jersey and
See also:Brittany type, and are stated to be descended from animals imported from France by the early settlers . The estimated number of cattle in Canada in 1907 was 7,439,051, an increase of 2,066,547 over the figures of the census of 1901 . All parts of the Dominion are well adapted for sheep; but various causes, amongst which must be reckoned the prosperity of other branches of agriculture, including wheat-growing and dairying, have in several of the provinces contributed to prevent that attention to this branch which its importance deserves, though there are large areas of
See also:rolling, rugged yet nutritious pastures well suited to sheep-farming . In the maritime provinces and in Prince Edward Island sheep and
See also:lambs are reared in large numbers . In Ontario sheep breeding has reached a high degree of perfection, and other parts of the American continent draw their supplies of pure bred stock largely from this province .
All the leading British varieties are reared, the
See also:Oxford Down,
See also:Leicester and Cotswold breeds being most numerous . There are also excellent flocks of Lincolns and South-
See also:downs . The number of sheep and lambs in Canada was estimated for the year 1907 at 2,830,785, as compared with 2,465,565 in 19o1 . Pigs, mostly of the
See also:Berkshire and
See also:Tamworth breeds, are reared and fattened in large numbers, and there is a valuable export trade in
See also:bacon . Canadian hogs are fed, as a rule, on feeds suited for the production of what are known as " fleshy sides." Bacon with an excess of fat is not wanted, except in the lumber camps; consequently the farmers of Canada have cultivated a class of swine for bacon having plenty of lean and
See also:firm flesh . The great extension of the dairy business has fitted in with the rearing of large numbers of swine . Experimental work has shown that swine fattened with a ration partly of skim-milk were lustier and of a more healthy appearance than swine fattened wholly on grains . Slaughtering[AGRICULTURE and curing are carried on chiefly at large packing houses . The use of
See also:refrigerating plants for chilling the pork has made it practicable to cure the bacon with the use of a small percentage of
See also:salt, leaving it mild in flavour when delivered in European markets . Regular supplies are exported during every week of the year . Large quantities of
See also:lard, brawn and pigs' feet are exported . In 1907 the number of pigs in Canada was estimated at 3,530,060, an increase of 1,237,385 over the census record of 1901 .
Turkeys thrive well, grow to a fine
See also:size and have flesh of
See also:tender quality . Chickens are raised in large numbers, and poultry-keeping has developed greatly since the opening of the loth century . Canadian eggs are usually packed in cases containing
See also:thirty dozens each . Card-
See also:board fillers are used which provide a separate compartment for each
See also:egg . There are cold storage warehouses at various points in Canada, at which the eggs are collected, sorted and packed before shipment . These permit the eggs to be landed in Europe in a practically fresh condition as to flavour, with the shells quite full . Canada has been called the land of milk and
See also:honey . Milk is plentiful, and enters largely into the diet of the people . With a climate which produces healthy, vigorous animals, not notably free from epizootic diseases, with a fertile products. soil for the growth of fodder crops and pasture, with abundance of pure air and water, and with a plentiful supply of ice, the conditions in Canada are ideal for the dairying industry . Large quantities of condensed milk, put up in hermetically sealed tins, are sold for use in mining camps and on board steamships . The cheese is chiefly of the variety known as " Canadian
See also:Cheddar." It is essentially a food cheese rather than a mere condiment, and 1 lb cf it will furnish as much nourishing material as 24 lb cf the best beefsteak . The industry is largely carried on by co-operative associations of farmers .
The dairy factory system was introduced into Canada in 1864, and from that time the production and exportation of cheese
See also:grew rapidly . Legislation was passed to protect Canadian dairy produce from dishonest manipulation, and soon Canadian cheese obtained a deservedly high reputation in the British markets . In 1891 cheese factories and creameries numbered 1733, and in 1899 there were 3649 . In 1908 there were 4355 of these factories, of which 1284 were in Ontario, 2806 in Quebec, and 265 in the remaining seven provinces of Canada . Those in Ontario are the largest in size . Amongst the British imports of cheese the Canadian product ranks first in quality, whilst in quantity it represents about 72% of the total value of the cheese imports, and 84% of the total value of the imports of that kind of cheese which is classed as Cheddar . In 1906 the total exports of cheese to all countries from Canada reached 215,834,543 lb of the value of $24,433,169 . Butter for export is made in creameries, where the milk, cream and butter are handled by skilled makers . The creameries are provided with special cold storage rooms, into which the butter is placed on the same
See also:day in which it is made . From them it is carried in refrigerator railway cars and in cold storage
See also:chambers on steamships to its ultimate destination . For the export trade it is packed in square boxes made of spruce or some other odourless wood . These are lined with
See also:parchment paper, and contain each 56 lb net of butter .
The total export of butter from Canada in 1906 was 34,031,525 lb, of the value of $7,075,539 . According to a census of manufactures taken in 1906, the total value of factory cheese and butter made in Canada during that year was $32,402,265 . There are large districts lying eastward of the Great Lakes and westward of the Rocky Mountains, where apples of fine quality can be grown; and there are other smaller Fruits. areas in which
See also:pears, peaches and grapes are grown in quantities in the open air . The climate is favourable to the growth of plums, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries, etc . There are many localities in which cranberries are successfully grown, and in which blueberries also grow wild in great profusion . Apples and pears are the chief sorts of fruit exported . The high flavour, the crisp, juicy flesh and the long-keeping qualities of the Canadian apples are their chief merits . Apples are exported in barrels and also in boxes containing about one bushel each . Large quantities are also evaporated and exported . Establishments for evaporating fruit are now found in most of the larger
See also:apple-growing districts, and canning factories and jam factories have been established in many parts of Canada; and are conducted with advantage and profit . The chief fruit-growing districts have long been in southern and western Ontario and in Nova Scotia; but recently much attention has been devoted to fruit-growing in British Columbia, where large areas of suitable land are available for the cultivation of apples, pears and other fruits . In some parts of the semi-arid districts in the interior of the province irrigation is being successfully practised for the purpose of bringing land under profitable cultivation for fruit .
Collections of fruit grown in British Columbia have received premier honours at the competitive exhibitions of the Royal Horticultural Society in
See also:London, where their high quality and fine
See also:colour have been greatly appreciated .
See also:Wine is made in considerable quantities in the principal
See also:vine-growing districts, and in several localities large vineyards have been planted for this purpose . An abundance of
See also:cider is also made in all the large apple-growing districts . Honey is one of the minor food-products of Canada, and in many localities bees have abundance of pasturage . Canadian honey for colour, flavour and substance is unsurpassed . Maple sugar and syrup are made in those areas of the country where the sugar-maple
See also:tree flourishes . The syrup is used chiefly as a substitute for jam or preserved fruits, and the sugar is used in country homes for sweetening, for cooking purposes and for the making of confectionery . The processes of manufacture have been improved by the introduction of specially constructed evaporators, and quantities of maple sugar and syrup are annually exported .
See also:Tobacco is a new crop which has been grown in Canada since 1904 . Its cultivation promises to be successful in parts of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia . The department of agriculture of the Dominion government renders aid to agriculture in many ways, maintaining the State aid experimental farms and various effective organiza- tions for assisting the live-stock, dairying and fruit-growing industries, for testing the germination and purity of agricultural seeds, and for developing the export trade in agricultural and dairy produce . The
See also:health of animals branch, through which are administered the laws relating to the contagious diseases of animals, and the control of quarantine and inspection stations for imported animals, undertakes also valuable experiments on the diseases of farm live-stock, including
See also:glanders in horses,
See also:tuberculosis in cattle, &c .
The policy of slaughtering horses reacting to the mallein test has been success-fully initiated by Canada, the returns for 1908 from all parts of the country indicating a considerable decrease from the previous year in the number of horses destroyed and the amount ofcompensation paid . A disease of cattle in Nova Scotia, known as the
See also:Pictou cattle disease, long treated as contagious, has now been demonstrated by the veterinary
See also:officers of the department to be due to the ingestion of a weed, the ragwort, Senecio Jacobea . Hog cholera or swine fever has been almost eradicated . A laboratory is maintained for bacteriological and pathological researches and for the preparation of preventive vaccines . Canada is entirely free from rinderpest, pleuropneumonia and foot-and-mouth disease . The work of the live-stock branch is directed towards the improvement of the stock-raising industry, and is carried on through the agencies of expert teachers and stock judges, the systematic distribution of pure-bred breeding stock, the yearly testing of pure-bred dairy herds, the supervision of the accuracy of the
See also:registration of pure-bred animals and the nationalization of live-stock records . The last two
See also:objects are secured by act of the Dominion parliament passed in 1905 . Under this act a, record committee, appointed annually by the
See also:pedigree stud,
See also:herd and
See also:book associations of Canada, perform the duties of accepting the entries of pure-bred. animals for the respective pedigree registers, and are provided with an office and with
See also:stationery and
See also:franking privileges by the government . Pedigree certificates are certified as correct by an officer of the department of agriculture, so that in Canada there exist national registration and government authority for the accuracy of pedigree live-stock certificates . The government promotes the extension of markets for farm products; it maintains officers in the United
See also:Kingdom who make reports from time to time on the condition in which Canadian goods are delivered from. the steam-
See also:ships, and also on what they can learn from importing and distributing merchants regarding the preferences of the market for different qualities of farm goods and different sorts of packages . Through this branch of the public service a complete chain of cold-storage accommodation between various points in Canada and markets in Europe, particularly in Great Britain, has been arranged . The government offered a bonus to those owners of creameries who would provide cold-storage accommodation at them and keep the room in use for a period of three years .
It also arranged with the various railway companies to run refrigerator cars weekly on the main lines leading to Montreal and other export points . The food-products from any shippers are received into these cars at the various railway stations at the usual rates, without extra
See also:charge for icing or cold-storage service . The government offered subventions to those who would provide cold-storage warehouses at various points where these were necessary, and also arranged with the owners of ocean steam-ships to provide cold-storage chambers on them by means of mechanical refrigerators . The policy of encouraging the
See also:provision of ample cold-storage accommodation has been developed still further by the Cold Storage Act of the Dominion parliament passed in 1907, under which subsidies are grafted in part payment of the cost of erecting and equipping cold-storage ware-houses in Canada for the preservation of perishable food-products . Besides furnishing technical and general information as to the carrying on of dairying operations, the government has established and maintained
See also:illustration cheese factories and creameries in different places for the purpose of introducing the best methods of co-operative dairying in both the manufacturing and shipping of butter and cheese . Inspectors are employed to give information regarding the packing of fruit, and also to see to the enforcement of the Fruit Marks Acts, which prohibit the marking of fruit with wrong brands and packing in any fraudulent manner . The seed branch of the department of agriculture was established in 1900 for the purpose of encouraging the production and use of seeds of superior quality, thereby improving all kinds of
See also:field and
See also:garden crops grown in Canada . Seeds are tested in the laboratory for purity and germination on behalf of farmers and seed merchants, and scientific investigations relating to seeds are conducted and reported upon . In the year 1906—19o7 6676 samples of seeds were tested . Encouragement to seed-growing is given by the holding of seed fairs, and bulletins are issued on weeds, the methods of treating seed-wheat against smut and on other subjects . Collections of weed seeds are issued to merchants and others to enable them readily to identify noxious weed seeds . The Seed Control Act of 1905 brings under strict regulations the trade in agricultural seeds, prohibiting the sale for seeding of cereals, grasses, clovers or
See also:forage plants unless free from weeds specified, and imposing severe penalties for infringements .
The census and
See also:statistics office, reorganized as a branch of the department of agriculture in 1905, undertakes a complete census of population, of agriculture, of manufactures, and of all the natural products of the Dominion every ten years, a census of the population and agriculture of the three North-West Provinces every five years, and various supplemental statistical inquiries at shorter intervals . Experimental farms were established in 1887 in different parts of the Dominion, and were so located as to render efficient help 156 to the farmers in the more thickly settled districts, and at the same time to cover the varied climatic and other conditions which influence agriculture in Canada . The central experimental farm is situated at Ottawa, near the boundary line between Quebec and Ontario, where it serves as an aid to agriculture in these two important provinces . One of the four branch farms then established is at Nappan, Nova Scotia, near the boundary between that province and New Brunswick, where it serves the farmers of the three maritime provinces . A second branch experimental farm is at
See also:Brandon in Manitoba, a third is at Indian Head in Saskatchewan and the
See also:fourth is at Agassiz in the coast climate of British Columbia . In 1906—1907 two new branch farms were established . One is situated at Lethbridge, southern Alberta, where problems will be investigated concerning agriculture upon irrigated land and dry farming under conditions of a scanty rainfall . The other is at Lacombe, northern Alberta, about 70 M. south of Edmonton; in the centre of a good agricultural district on the Canadian Pacific railway . Additional branch farms in different parts of the Dominion are in process of
See also:establishment . At all these farms experiments are conducted to gain information as to the best methods of preparing the land for crop and of maintaining its fertility, the most useful and profitable crops to grow, and how the various crops grown can be disposed of to the greatest advantage . To this end experiments are conducted in the feeding of cattle, sheep and swine for flesh, the feeding of cows for the production of milk, and of poultry both for flesh and eggs . Experiments are also conducted to test the merits of new or untried varieties of cereals and other field crops, of grasses, forage plants, fruits, vegetables, plants and trees; and samples, particularly of the most promising cereals, are distributed freely among farmers for trial, so that those which promise to be most profitable may be rapidly brought into general cultivation .
Annual reports and occasional bulletins are published and widely distributed, giving the results of this work . Farmers are invited to visit these experimental farms, and a large
See also:correspondence is conducted with those interested in agriculture in all parts of the Dominion, who are encouraged to ask advice and information from the officers of the farms . The governments of the several provinces each have a department of agriculture . Among other provincial agencies for imparting information there are farmers' institutes, travelling dairies, live-stock associations, farmers', dairymen's, seed-growers', and fruit-growers' associations, and agricultural and horticultural societies . These are all maintained or assisted by the several provinces . Parts of the proceedings and many of the ad-dresses and papers presented at the more important meetings of these associations are published by the provincial governments, and distributed free to farmers who desire to have them . There are also annual agricultural exhibitions of a highly important character, where improvements in connexion with agricultural and horticultural products, live-stock, implements, &c., are shown in competition . The Dominion government makes in turn to one of the chief local agricultural
See also:exhibition societies a
See also:grant of $50,000 for the purposes of the national
See also:representation of agriculture and live-stock . The exhibition receiving the grant loses its local character, and thus becomes the Dominion exhibition or
See also:fair for that year . There are several important agricultural colleges for the practical education of
See also:young men in farming, foremost amongst them being the Ontario Agricultural College at
See also:Guelph . Agri-cultural colleges are also maintained at Truro, Nova Scotia, and Winnipeg, Manitoba . In most of the provinces are dairy schools where practical instruction and training are given .
Since the beginning of the loth century agricultural education and rural training in Canada have been greatly stimulated by the munificence of
See also:William C .
See also:Macdonald of Montreal . A donation by him of $ro,000, distributed to boys and girls on Canadian farms for prizes in a competition for the selection of seed grain, as recommended by Professor J . W .
See also:Robertson, led to the Macdonald-Robertson Seed Growers' Association . This [HISTdRY1' soon assumed national proportions in the Canadian Seed Growers' Association, which, with the seed branch of the department of agriculture mentioned above, has done much to raise to a uniform standard of excellence the grain grown over large areas of the Canadian wheat-fields . The Macdonald Institute at Guelph, Ontario, the buildings and equipment of which Sir William provided at a cost of $182,500, and the Macdonald College at Ste Anne de Bellevue, 20 M. west of Montreal, have been established to promote the cause of rural education upon the lines of nature study, with school gardens,
See also:manual training; domestic science, &c., which on both sides of the Atlantic are now being found so effective in the hands of properly trained and enthusiastic teachers . The property of the Macdonald College at Ste Anne de Bellevue comprises 561 acres, of which 74 acres are devoted to campus and field-
See also:research plots, 100 acres to a petite culture farm and 387 acres to a live-stock and grain farm . The college includes a school for teachers, a school of theoretical and practical agriculture and a school of
See also:household science for the training of young
See also:women . The land, buildings and equipment of the college, which cost over $2,500,000, were presented by Sir William Macdonald,' who in addition has provided for the future maintenance of the work by a trust fund of over $2,000,000 . In connexion with the public elementary schools throughout Canada; where the principles of agriculture are taught to some extent, manual training centres, provided out of funds supplied by the same public-spirited donor, are now maintained by local and provincial public school authorities . (E .
H . G.)
See also:HISTORY About A.D . 1000 Leif Ericsson, a Norseman, led an expedition from
See also:Greenland to the shores probably of what is now Canada, but the first effective contact of Europeans with Canada Discovery. was not until the end of the 15th century . John Cabot (q.v.), sailing from
See also:Bristol, reached the shores of Canada in 1497 . Soon after fishermen from Europe began to go in considerable numbers to the Newfoundland banks, and in time to the coasts of the mainland of America . In 1534 a French expedition under Jacques Cartier, a
See also:seaman of St Malo, sent out by
See also:Francis' I., entered the Gulf of St Lawrence: In the following year Cartier sailed up the river as far as the
See also:Lachine Rapids, to the spot where Montreal now stands . During the next sixty years the fisheries and the fur trade received some attention, but no colonization was undertaken . At the beginning of the 17th century we find the first great' name in Canadian history .
See also:Samuel de Champlain (q.v.), who had seen service under
See also:Henry IV. of France, was employed in the interests of successive fur-trading co/on Fcency . . monopolies and sailed up the St Lawrence in 1603 . In the next year he was on the Bay of
See also:Fundy and had a share in'founding the first permanent French colony in North America -that of Port Royal, now
See also:Annapolis, Nova Scotia . In 1608 he began the settlement which was named Quebec .
From i6o8 to his
See also:death in 1635 Champlain worked unceasingly to develop Canada as a colony, to promote the fur trade and to explore the interior . He passed southward from the St Lawrence to the beautiful lake which still bears his name and also westward, up the St Lawrence and the Ottawa, in the dim hope of reaching the shores of
See also:China . He reached Lake Huron and Lake Ontario, but not the great lakes stretching still farther west . The era was that of the Thirty Years' War (16'8—48), and during that great upheaval England was sometimes fighting France . Already, in 1613, the English from Virginia had almost completely wiped out the French settlement at Port Royal, and when in 1629 a small English
See also:fleet appeared at Quebec, Champlain was forced to surrender But in 1632 Canada was restored to France by the treaty of St Germain-en-Laye . Just at this time was formed under the
See also:aegis of
See also:Richelieu the " Company of New France," known popularly as '" The Company of One Hundred Associates." With 120 members' it was granted the whole St Lawrence valley; for fifteen years from 1629 it was to have a complete
See also:monopoly of trade; and products from its territory were to enter France Experimental farms . Agri-cultural organizations and education . free of duty . In return the company was to take to New France 300 colonists a year; only French Catholics might go; and for each settlement the company was to provide three priests .. Until 1663 this company controlled New France . It was an era of missionary zeal in the Roman Catholic church, and Canada became the favourite
See also:mission . The Society of Jesus was only one of several orders—Franciscans (Recollets), Sulpicians,
See also:Ursulines, &c.—who worked in New France .
See also:Jesuits have attracted chief attention, not merely on account of their superior zeal and numbers, but also because of the tragic
See also:fate of some of their missionaries in Canada . In the voluminous Relations of their doings the
See also:story has been preserved, Among the Huron Indians, whose settlements bordered on the lake of that name, they secured a great influence . But there was relentless war between the
See also:Hurons and the
See also:Iroquois occupying the southern
See also:shore of Lake Ontario, and when in 1649 the Iroquois ruined and almost completely destroyed the Hurons, the Jesuit missionaries also fell victims to the conquerors' rage . Missionaries to the Iroquois themselves met with a similar fate and the
See also:missions failed . Commercial life also languished . The company planned by Richelieu was not a success . It did little to colonize New France, and in T66o, after more than thirty years of its monopoly, there were not more than 2000 French in the whole country . In 1663 the
See also:charter of the company was revoked . No longer was a trading company to
See also:discharge the duties of a
See also:sovereign . New France now became a royal province, with governor,
See also:intendant, &c., on the
See also:model of the provinces of France . In 1664 a new " Company of the West Indies (Compagnie
See also:des bides Occidentales) was organized to control French trade and colonization not only in Canada but also in West Africa, South America and the West Indies . At first it promised well .
In 1665 some 2000 emigrants were sent to Canada; the European population was soon doubled, and
See also:Louis XIV. began to take a
See also:personal interest in the colony . But once more, in contrast with English experience, the great trading company proved a failure in French hands as a colonizing
See also:agent, and in 1674 its charter was summarily revoked by Louis XIV . Hence-forth in name, if not in fact, monopoly is ended in Canada . By this time French explorers were pressing forward to unravel the mystery of the interior . By 1659 two Frenchmen, Radisson and Groseillers, had penetrated beyond the great lakes to the prairies of the far West; they were probably the first Europeans to see the
See also:Mississippi . By 1666 a French mission was established on the shores of Lake Superior, and in 1673
See also:Joliet and Marquette, explorers from Canada, reached and for some distance descended the Mississippi . Five years later Cavelier de la Salle was making his toilsome way westward from Quebec to discover the true character of the great river and to perform the feat, perilous in view of the probable hostility of the natives, of descending it to the sea . In 1682 he accomplished his task, took possession of the valley of the Mississippi in the name of Louis XIV. and called it
See also:Louisiana . Thus from Canada as her basis was France reaching out to grasp a continent . There was a keen rivalry between church and state for dominance in this new
See also:empire . In 1659 arrived at Quebec a young prelate of
See also:noble birth,
See also:Xavier de Laval-Montmorency, who had come to rule the church in Canada . An ascetic, who practised the whole cycle of
See also:medieval austerities, he was determined that Canada should be ruled by the church, and he desired for New France a
See also:Puritanism as strict as that of New England .
His especial zeal was directed towards the welfare of the Indians . These people showed, to their own ruin, a reckless liking for the
See also:brandy of the white man . Laval insisted that the traders should not supply brandy to the natives . He declared excommunicate any one who did so and for a time he triumphed . More than once he drove from Canada
See also:governors who tried to thwart him . In 1663 he was actually invited to` choose a governor after his own mind and did so, but with no cessation of the old disputes . In 1672 Louis de Buade, comte de Frontenac (q.v.), was named governor of New France, and in him the church found her match . Yet not at once; for, after a bitter struggle, he was recalled in 1682 . But Canada needed him . He knew how to control the ferocious Iroquois, who had cut off France from
See also:access to Lake Ontario; to check them he had built a fort where now stands the city of Kingston . With Frontenac gone, these savages almost strangled the colony . On a stormy
See also:night in 1689 1500 Iroquois burst in on the
See also:village of Lachine near Montreal, butchered 200 of its people, and carried off more than Too to be tortured to death at their leisure .
Then the strong man Frontenae was recalled to
See also:face the crisis . It was a critical era .
See also:James II. had fallen in England, and William III. was organizing Europe Against French aggression . France's plan for a great empire in America was now taking shape and there, as in Europe, a deadly with Struggles struggle with England was inevitable . Frontenac Ragland. planned attacks upon New England and encouraged a ruthless border warfare that involved many horrors . Him, in return, the English attacked . Sir William Phips sailed from Boston in 169o, conquered Acadia, now Nova Scotia, and then hazarded the greater task of leading a fleet up the St Lawrence against Quebec . On the 16th of October 1690 thirty-four English ships, some of them only fishing craft, appeared in its
See also:basin and demanded the surrender of the town . When Frontenac answered defiantly, Phips attacked the place; but he was repulsed and in the end sailed away unsuccessful . Each side had now begun to see that the vital point was control of the interior, which time was to prove the most extensive fertile area in the world . La Salle's expedition had aroused the French to the importance of the Mississippi,' and they soon had a bold plan to occupy it, to close in from the
See also:rear on the English on the Atlantic coast, seize their colonies and even deport the colonists . The plan was audacious, for the English in America outnumbered the French by twenty to one .
But their colonies were democracies, disunited because each was pursuing its own special interests, while the French were united under despotic leadership . Frontenac attacked the Iroquois mercilessly in 1696 and forced these proud savages tosue for peace . But in the next year was made the treaty of
See also:Ryswick, which brought a pause in the conflict, and in 1698 Frontenac died . After Frontenac the Iroquois, though still hostile to France, are formidable no more, and the struggle for the continent is frankly between the English and the French . The peace of Ryswick proved but a truce, and when in 1701, on the death of the exiled James II., Louis XIV. flouted the claims of William III. to the
See also:throne of England by proclaiming as king James's son, renewed war was inevitable . In Europe it saw the brilliant victories of
See also:Marlborough; in America it was less decisive, but France lost heavily . Though the English, led by Sir
See also:Walker, made in 1711 an effort to take Quebec which proved abortive, they seized Nova Scotia; and when the treaty of Utrecht was made in 1713, France admitted defeat in America by yielding to Britain her claims to Hudson Bay, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia . But she still held the shores of the St Lawrence, and she retained, too, the island of Cape Breton to command its mouth . There she built speedily the fortress of Louisbourg, and prepared once more to
See also:challenge British supremacy in America . With a sound
See also:instinct that looked to future greatness, France still aimed, more and more, at the control of the interior of the continent . The danger from the Iroquois on Lake Ontario had long cut her off from the most direct access to the West, and from the occupation of the
See also:Ohio valley leading to the Mississippi, but now free from this savage scourge she could go where she would . In 170I she founded
See also:Detroit, commanding the route from Lake Erie to Lake Huron .
Her missionaries and leaders were already at Sault Ste
See also:Marie commanding the approach to Lake Superior, and at Michilimackinac commanding that to Lake Michigan . They had also penetrated to what is now the Canadian West, and it was a French Canadian, La Verendrye, who, by the route leading past the point where now stands the city of Winnipeg, pressed on into the far West until in 1743, first recorded of white men, he came in sight of the Rocky Mountains . In the south of the continent France also crowned La Salle's work by founding early in the 18th century New
See also:Orleans at the mouth of the Mississippi . It was a far cry from New Orleans to Quebec . If France could
See also:link them by a chain of settlements and shut in the English to their narrow
See also:strip of Atlantic seaboard there was good promise that North America would be hers . The project was far-reaching, but France could do little to make it effective . Louis XV. allowed her
See also:navy to decline and her people showed little inclination for emigration to the colonies . In 1744, when the war of the Austrian Succession broke out, the New England colonies planned and in 1745 effected the capture of Louisbourg, the stronghold of France in Cape Breton Island, which menaced their commerce . But to their disgust, when the peace of
See also:Aix-la-Chapelle was made in 1748, this conquest was handed back to France . She continued her work of
See also:building a line of forts on the great lakes—on the river Niagara, on the Ohio, on the Mississippi; and the English colonies, with the enemy thus in their rear, grew ever more restive . In 1753 Virginia warned the French on the Ohio that they were encroaching on British territory . The next year, in circumstances curiously like those which were repeated when the French expedition under Marchand menaced Britain in
See also:Egypt by seeking to establish a post on the Upper Nile,
See also:Washington, a young Virginian officer, was sent to drive the French from their Fort Duquesne on the Ohio river, where now stands Pittsburgh .
The result was
See also:sharp fighting between English and French in a time of nominal peace . In 1755 the British took the stern step of deporting the
See also:Acadian French from Nova Scotia . Though this province had been ceded to Great Britain in 1713 many of the Acadians had refused to accept British
See also:sovereignty . In 1749 the British founded Halifax, began to colonize Nova Scotia, and, with war imminent, deemed it prudent to disperse the Acadians, chiefly along the Atlantic seaboard (see NovA SCOTIA: History) . In 1756 the Seven Years' War definitely began . France had no resources to
See also:cope with those of Britain in America, and the British command of the sea proved decisive . On the 13th of
See also:September 1759 Wolfe won his great victory before Quebec, which involved the fall of that place, and a year later at Montreal the French army in Canada surrendered . By the peace of
See also:Paris, 1763, the whole of New France was finally ceded to Great Britain . With only about 6o,000 French in Canada at the time of the conquest it might have seemed as if this population would soon be absorbed by the incoming British . Some thought English that, under a
See also:Protestant sovereign, the Canadian posses-
See also:sion . Catholics would be rapidly converted to Protestantism . But the French type proved stubbornly persistent and to this day dominates the older Canada .
The first English settlers in the conquered country were chiefly
See also:petty traders, not of a character to lead in social or public affairs . The result was that the government of the time co-operated rather with the leaders among the French . After peace was concluded in 1763, Canada was governed under the authority of a royal proclamation, but sooner or later a constitution specially adapted to the needs of the country was inevitable . In 1774 this was provided by the Quebec Act passed by the Imperial parliament . Under this act the western territory which France had claimed, extending as far as the Mississippi and south to the Ohio, was included with Canada in what was called the Province of Quebec . This vast territory was to be governed despotically from Quebec; the Roman Catholic church was given its old privileges in Canada; and the French
See also:civil law was established permanently side by side with the English criminal law . The act linked the land-owning class in Canada and the church by ties of self-interest to the British cause . The habitant, placed again under their authority, had less reason to be content . In 1775 began the American Revolution . Its leaders tried to make the revolt continental, and invaded Canada, hoping that the French would join them . They took Montreal and besieged Quebec during the winter of 1775-1776; but the prudent
See also:ship of Sir
See also:Carleton, afterwards Lord Dorchester, saved Quebec and in 1776 the revolutionary army withdrew unsuccessful from Canada . Since that time any prospect of Canada's union to the United States has been very remote .
But the American Revolution profoundly influenced the life of Canada . The country became the
See also:refuge of thousands of American
See also:loyalists who would not desert Great Britain . To Nova Scotia, to what are now New Brunswick (q.v.) and Ontario (q.v.) they fled in numbers not easily estimated, but probably reaching about 40,000 . Until this time the present New Bruns-wick and Ontario had contained few European settlers; now they developed, largely under the influence of the loyalists of the Revolution . This meant that the American type of colonial life would be reproduced in Canada; but it meant also bitter hostility on the part of these colonists to the United States, which refused in any way to compensate the loyalists for their confiscated property . Great Britain did something; the loyalists received liberal grants of land and
See also:cash compensation amounting to nearly £4,000,000 . A prevailingly French type of government was now no longer adequate in Canada, and in 1791 was passed by the British parliament the Constitutional Act, separating Canada at the Ottawa river into two parts, each with its own government; Lower Canada, chiefly French, retaining the old system of laws, with representative institutions now added, and Upper Canada, on the purely British model . (For the history of Lower and Upper Canada, now Quebec and Ontario, the separate articles must be consulted.) Each province had special problems; the French in Lower Canada aimed at securing political power for their own race, while in Upper Canada there was no race problem, and the great struggle was for independence of official control and in all essential matters for government by the people . It may be doubted whether at this time it would have been safe to give these small communities complete self-government . But this a clamorous
See also:element demanded insistently, and the issue was the chief one in Canada for half a century . But before this issue matured war broke out between Great Britain and the United States in 1812 from causes due chiefly to
See also:Napoleon's continental policy . The war seemed to furnish a renewed opportunity to annex Canada to the American Union, and Canada became the chief theatre of conflict .
The struggle was most vigorous on the Niagara frontier . But in the end the American invasion failed and the treaty made at
See also:Ghent in 1814 left the previous status unaltered . In 1837 a few French Canadians in Lower Canada, led by Louis
See also:Papineau (q.v.), took up arms with the wild idea of establishing a French republic on the St Lawrence . In the same year William Lyon Mackenzie (q.v.) led a similar armed revolt in Upper Canada against the domination of the ruling officialdom called, with little reason, the " Family Compact." Happening, as these revolts did, just at the time of Queen Victoria's accession, they attracted wide attention, and in 1838 the
See also:earl of Lord Durham (q.v.) was sent to govern Canada and
See also:report on Durham. the affairs of British North America . Clothed as he was with large powers, he undertook in the interests of leniency and reconciliation to banish, without trial, some leaders of the
See also:rebellion in Lower Canada . For this reason he was censured at home and he promptly resigned, after spending only five months in the country . But his Report, published in the following year, is a masterly survey of the situation and included recommendations that profoundly influenced the later history of Canada . He recommended the union of the two Canadian provinces at once, the ultimate union of all British North America and the granting to this large state of full self-government . The French element he thought a menace to Canada's future, and partly for this reason he desired all the provinces to unite so that the British element should be dominant . To carry out Lord Durham's policy the British government passed in 184o an Act of Union joining Upper and Lower Canada, and sent out as governor
See also:Charles Poulett
See also:Thompson, who was made Baron Sydenham and Toronto . In the single HISTORY] parliament each province was equally represented . By this time there was more, than a million people in Canada, and the country was becoming important .
Lord Sydenham died in 1841 before his work was completed, and he left Canada still in a troubled condition . The French were suspicious of the Union, aimed avowedly at checking their influence, and the complete self-government for which the " Reformers " in English-speaking Canada had clamoured was not yet conceded by the colonial office . But rapidly it became obvious that the provinces united had become too important to be held in leading strings . The issue was finally settled in 1849 when the earl of
See also:Elgin was governor and the Canadian legislature, sitting at Montreal, passed by a large majority the Rebellion Losses
See also:Bill, compensating citizens, some of them French, in Lower Canada, for losses incurred at the hands of the loyal party during the rebellion a
See also:decade earlier . The cry was easily raised by the Conservative minority that this was to
See also:reward for rebellion . They appealed to London for intervention . The
See also:mob in Montreal burned the parliament buildings and stoned Lord Elgin himself because he gave the royal assent to the bill . He did so in the face of this fierce opposition, on the ground that, in Canadian domestic affairs, the Canadian parliament must be supreme . The union of the two provinces did not work well . Each was jealous of the other and deadlocks frequently occurred . Commercially, after 1849, Canada was prosperous . In 1854 Lord Elgin negotiated a
See also:reciprocity treaty with the United States which gave Canadian natural products free entrance to the American market .
The outbreak of the Civil War in the United States in 1861 increased the demand for such products, and Canada enjoyed an extensive trade with herneighbour . But, owing largely to the unfriendly attitude of Great Britain to the northern side during the war, the United States cancelled the treaty, when its first term of ten years ended in 1865, and it has never been renewed . Under the party system in Canada cabinets changed as often as, until recently, they did in France, and the union of the two provinces did not give political stability . The French and English were sufficiently equal in strength to make the task of government well nigh impossible . In 1864 came the opportunity for change, when New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were considering a federal union . Canada suggested a wider plan to include herself and, in October 1864, a
See also:conference was held at Quebec . The conference out-lined a plan of federation which subsequently, with slight modifications, passed the imperial parliament as " The British North America Act," and on the 1st of
See also:July 1867, the Dominion of Canada came into existence . It was
See also:born during the era of the American Civil War, and was planned to correct defects which time had revealed in the American federation . The provinces in Canada were conceded less power than have the states in the American union; the federal government retaining the residuum of power not conceded . (G.M.W.) When federation was accomplished in 1867 the Dominion of Canada comprised only the four provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia . Lord Monck was appointed the first governor-general, and at his request the Hon . John
See also:Alexander Macdonald under-took the formation of an administration .
Acoalition cabinet was formed, including the foremost Liberals and Conservatives
See also:drawn from the different provinces . Under a proclamation issued from Windsor
See also:Castle by Queen Victoria on the 22nd of May the new constitution came into effect on the 1st of July . This birthday of the Dominion has been fixed by
See also:statute as a public
See also:holiday, and is annually observed under the name of " Dominion Day." Seventy-two senators—half Conservatives and half Liberals—were appointed, and lieutenant-governors were named for the four provinces . The prime minister was created a K.C.B., and minor honours were conferred on other ministers in recognition of their services in bringing about the union.159 The first general election for the Dominion
See also:House of
See also:Commons was held during the
See also:month of August, and except in the province of Nova Scotia was favourable to the administration, which entered upon its
See also:parliamentary work with a s otla majority of thirty-two . The first session of parliament question. was opened on the 8th of
See also:November, but adjourned on the 21st of
See also:December till the 12th of
See also:March 1868, chiefly on account of the fact that members of the Dominion parliament were allowed, in Ontario and Quebec, to hold seats in the local legislatures, so that it was difficult for the different bodies to be in session simultaneously . It was not till 1873 that an act was passed making members of the local legislatures ineligible for seats in the House of Commons . Immediately after the completion of federation a serious agitation for repeal of the union arose in Nova Scotia, which had been brought into the federal system by a vote of the existing legislature, without any direct preliminary appeal to the people . Headed by Joseph
See also:Howe (q.v.), the
See also:advocates of repeal swept the province at the Dominion election . Out of 19 members then elected 18 were pledged to repeal, Dr Tupper, the minister responsible for carrying the Act of Union, alone among the supporters of federation securing a seat . The local
See also:assembly, in which 36 out of 38 members were committed to repeal, passed an address to Her
See also:Majesty praying her not to " reduce this free, happy and hitherto self-governed province to the degraded condition of a servile dependency of Canada," and sent Howe with a delegation to London to lay the petition at the foot of the throne . Howe enlisted the support of John Bright and other members of parliament, but the imperial government was firm, and the duke of
See also:Buckingham, as colonial secretary, soon informed the governor-general in a despatch that consent could not be given for the withdrawal of Nova Scotia from the Dominion . Meanwhile Howe, convinced of the impossibility of effecting separation, and fearing disloyal tendencies which had manifested themselves in some of its advocates, entered into negotiations with Dr Tupper in London, and later with the Dominion government, for better financial terms than those originally arranged for Nova Scotia in the federal system .
The estimated amount of provincial debt assumed by the general government was increased by $1,186,756, and a special annual
See also:subsidy of $82,698 was granted for a period of ten years . These terms having been agreed to, Howe, as a
See also:pledge of his approval and support, accepted a seat as secretary of state in the Dominion cabinet . By taking this course he sacrificed much of his remark-able popularity in his native province, but confirmed the work of consolidating the Dominion . It was many years before the bitterness of feeling aroused by the repeal agitation entirely subsided in Nova Scotia . A gloom was
See also:cast over the first parliament of the Dominion by the assassination in 1868 of one of the most brilliant figures in the politics of the time, D'Arcy McGee (q.v.) . His murderer, a Fenian acting under the instructions of the secret society to which he belonged, was discovered, and executed in 1869 . The reorganization of the various departments of state, in view of the wider interests with which they had to
See also:deal, occupied much of the attention of the first parliament of the Dominion . In 1867 the postal rates were reduced and unified . In 1868 a militia system for the whole Dominion was organized, the tariff altered and systematized, and a Civil Service Act passed . The banking system of the country was put on.a sound footing by a series of acts culminating in 1871, and in the same year a uniform system of decimal currency was established for the whole Dominion . While the new machinery of state was thus being put in operation other large questions presented themselves . The construction of the Inter-Colonial railway as a connecting link between the provinces on the seaboard and those along the St Lawrence and the Great Lakes was a part of the federation compact, a clause of the British North America Act providing that it should be begun within six months after the date of union .
See also:guarantee of the imperial government made easy the provision Canada since federation . Inter-Colonial railway . of the necessary capital, but as this was coupled with a
See also:voice in the decision of the route, it complicated the latter question, about which a keen contest arose . The most direct and therefore commercially most promising line of construction passed near the boundary of the United States . Recent friction with that country made this route objected to by the imperial and many Canadian authorities . Ultimately the longer, more expensive, but more isolated route along the shores of the Gulf of St Lawrence was adopted . The work was taken in hand at once, and pressed steadily forward to completion . It hassince been supplemented by other lines built for more distinctly commercial ends . Though not for many years a financial success, the Inter-Colonial railway, which was opened in 1876, has in a marked way fulfilled its object by binding together socially and industrially widely separated portions of the Dominion . Within a 'month of the
See also:meeting of the first parliament of the Dominion a question of vast importance to the future of the Hudson's country was brought forward by the Hon:W.McDougall Bay tom- in a series of resolutions which were adopted, and on pally which was based an address to the queen praying that terri- tortes . Her Majesty would unite Rupert's Land and the North- West Territories to Canada . A delegation consisting of Sir G .
E . Cartier and the Hon . W . McDougall was in 1868 sent to England to negotiate with the Hudson's Bay Company-(q.v.) for the extinction of its claims, and to arrange with the imperial government for thetransfer of the territory . After prolonged discussions the company agreed to surrender to the crown, in
See also:consideration of a payment of £300,000; the rights and interests in the north-west guaranteed by its charter, with the exception of a reservation of one-twentieth part of the fertile belt, and 45,000 acres of land adjacent to the trading posts of the company . For the purposes of this agreement the " fertile belt" was to be bounded as follows:—" On the south by the U.S. boundary, .on the west by the Rocky Mountains, on the north by the northern branch of the Saskatchewan river, on the east by Lake Winnipeg, the Lake of the Woods, and the waters connecting them." An act authorizing the change of control was passed by the imperial parliament in July 1868; the arrangement made with the Hudson's Bay Company was accepted by the Canadian parliament in
See also:June 1869; and the deed of 'surrender from the Hudson's Bay Company to Her Majesty is dated November 19th; 1869 . In anticipation of the formal transfer to the Dominion an act was passed by the Canadian parliament in the same month providing for the temporary government of Rupert's Land and the North-West Territories . On the 28th of September the Hon . W . McDougall was appointed the first governor, and left at once to assume control on the 1st of December, when it had been understood that the formal change of possession 'would take place . Meanwhile a serious condition of affairs was developing in the Red river settlement, the most considerable centre of population Iced river in the newly acquired territory . The half-breeds rebellion. regarded with suspicion a transfer of control concerning which they had not been consulted .
They resented the presence of the Canadian surveyors sent to lay out roads and townships, and the tactless way in which'some of these did their work increased the suspicion that long-established rights to the soil would not be respected . A population largely Roman Catholic in creed, and partly French in origin and language, feared that an influx of new settlers would overthrow cherished traditions . Some were afraid of increased taxation . A
See also:group of immigrants from the United States fomented disturbance in the hope that it would lead to annexation . Louis
See also:Riel, a fanatical half-breed, placed himself at the head of the
See also:movement . His followers established what they called a "provisional government " of which he was chosen president, and when the newly appointed governor reached the boundary line he was prevented from entering the territory . Several of the white settlers who resisted this rebellious movement were arrested and kept in confinement . One of these, a young man named
See also:Scott, having treated Riel with
See also:defiance, was court-martialled for treason to the provisional government, condemned, and on the 4th of March 1870, shot in cold
See also:blood under the walls of Fort Garry . This crime aroused intense excitement througl country, and the Orange body, particularly, to whit belonged, demanded the immediate punishment of his n and the suppression of the rebellion . An armed force, cc partly of British regulars and partly of Canadian vol was made ready and placed under the command of Garnet Wolseley, afterwards Lord Wolseley . As a force could not pass through the United States, the ex was compelled to take the route up Lake Superior, and ] head of that lake through 500 M. of unbroken and
See also:wilderness . In August 1870, the force reached Fort to find the rebels scattered and their leader, Riel, a fu, the neighbouring states .
Meanwhile, during the progre expedition, an act had been passed creating Manitoba a r with full powers of self-government, and the arriva. military was closely followed by that of the first g Mr (later Sir)
See also:Adams G . Archibald, who succeeded in
See also:ing the administration on a satisfactory basis . Fox became Winnipeg, and there were soon indications was destined to be a great city, and the commerci way to the vast prairies that lay beyond . Meanw adequate means of transportation were provided, it that city and prairie alike must wait for any large i population . ' Provision was made in the British- North Americi receive new provinces into the Dominion . Manitoba first to be constituted; in 1871 British Columbia, which had hitherto held aloof, determined, under the persuasion of a sympathetic governor, Mr (later Sir) Antony
See also:Musgrave, to throw in its lot with the D Popular feeling in British Columbia itself was not st] favour of -union, and the terms under which the new was to be received were the subject of much negotiation provincial authorities, and were keenly debated in p< before the bill in which they were embodied was finall: The clause on which there was the widest divergence a was one providing that a trans-continental railway, c( the Pacific province with the eastern part of the L should be begun within two, and completed within t To aprovince which at the time contained a populatio 36,000, and but half of this white, the inducement thus was immense . The Opposition in parliament claimed contract was one impossible for the Dominion to fu government of Sir John Macdonald
See also:felt, however, future of the Dominion depended upon linking tog Atlantic and the Pacific, and in view of the vast ui spaces lying between the Great Lakes and the Rocky M open to immigration from the United States, their at undertaking the work was doubtless justified . The col of the Canadian Pacific railway, thus inaugurated, b. several years the chief subject of political contention opposing parties . Anticipating the order of chronology slightly, ii mentioned here that in 1873 Prince Edward Island (q. had in 1865 decisively rejected proposals of the Quebec ( and had in the following year repeated its rejection of by a
See also:resolution of the legislature affirming that no tern could offer would be acceptable, now decided to throe with the Dominion . The island had become involve( railway expenditure, and financial necessities led the take a broader view of the question . In the end t government assumed the railway debt, arrangem made for extinguishing certain proprietary rights 1 long been a source of discontent, and on the 1st of the Dominion was rounded off by the accession o province . Finally in 1878, in order to remove all doubts occupied territory, an imperial order in council v in response to an address of the Canadian parliame ing to the Dominion all British possessions in Nortl except Newfoundland .
That small colony, which ha presented at the Quebec conference, also rejected the of 8651 and, in spite of various efforts to arrange satisfactory terms, has steadily held aloof, and so has. proved the' only obstacle to the complete political unification of British North America . A
See also:signal proof was soon furnished of the new
See also:standing in the empire which federation had given to the Canadian provinces.. am- awes A heritage of differences and difficulties had been left to be settled between England, Canada and the with the American Union as the result of the Civil War . In united
See also:retaliation for the supposed sympathy of Canadians states. with the South in this struggle the victorious North took steps to abrogate in 1866 the reciprocity treaty of 1854, which had conferred such great advantages on. both countries . It followed that . the citizens of the United States lost the right which they had received under the treaty to share in the fisheries of Canada . American fishermen, how-ever, showed so little inclination to give up what they had enjoyed so long, that it was found necessary to take vigorous steps to protect Canadian fishing rights, and frequent causes of friction consequently arose . During the progress of the Civil War American feeling had been greatly exasperated by the losses inflicted on commerce by the cruiser "
See also:Alabama," which, it was claimed, was allowed to leave a British port in violation of
See also:international law . On the other hand, Canadian feeling had been equally exasperated by the Fenian raids, organized on American soil, which had cost Canada, much expenditure of money and some loss of life . In addition to these causes of difference there was an unsettled , boundary dispute in British Columbia, and questions about the navigation of rivers common to the United States and Canada, In 1869 the government of Canada sent a deputation to England to
See also:press upon the imperial government the
See also:necessity of asserting Canada's position in regard to the fisheries, and the desirability of settling other questions in dispute with, the republic., The outcome of this application was the
See also:appointment of a commission to consider and if possible settle outstanding differences between the three countries . The prime minister of the Dominion, Sir John Macdonald, was asked to act as one of the imperial commissioners in carrying on these negotiations . This was the first time that a colonist had been called upon to assist in the settlement of international disputes., The commission assembled at the ; American , capital in ,
See also:February 187r, and, after discussions extending over several
See also:weeks signed what is known as the treaty of Washington . By the terms of this treaty the " Alabama " claims and the
See also:San Juan boundary were referred to arbitration; the free navigation of the St . Lawrence was granted to the United States in return for the, free use of Lake Michigan and certain Alaskan rivers; and it was settled that a further commission should decide the excess. of value of the Canadian, fisheries thrown open to the United States over and above the reciprocal, concessions 'made to Canada .
Much to the annoyance of the peopleof the Dominion the claims for the Fenian raids were withdrawn at the request of the British government, which undertook, to make good to Canada any losses she had suffered . To some of these terms the representative of Canada made a strenuous opposition, and in finally
See also:signing the treaty stated that he did so chiefly for imperial interests, although, in these he believed Canadian interests to be involved . The clauses relating to the fisheries and the San Juan boundary were reserved for the approval of the Canadian parliament, which, in spite of much violent opposition, ratified them by a large majority . Under the " Alabama " arbitration • Great Britain ,paid to the United States damages to the amount of $1.5,500,00o, while the German Emperor decided the San Juan boundary in favour of the United States . The
See also:Fishery Commission, on the other hand, which sat in Halifax, awarded Canada $5,500,000 as the excess value of its fisheries for twelve years, and after much hesitation this sum was paid by the United States into the Canadian
See also:treasury . An imperial guarantee of a loan for the construction of railways was the only compensation Canada received for the Fenian raids . , v . 6 The second general election for the, Dominion took place in 1872 . It was marked by the complete defeat of the Anti-Unionist party in Nova Scotia, only one member of Canadian which secured his election, thus exactly
See also:reversing the Pacific vote of 1867 . . While Sir John Macdonald's adminis- railway tration was supported in Nova Scotia, it was weakened question. in Ontario on account of the clemency shown to Riel, and in Quebec by the refusal to grant a general amnesty to all who had taken part in the rebellion . Two important members of the cabinet, Sir G . Cartier and, Sir F .
Hincks, were defeated . Opposition to the Washington treaty and dread of the bold railway policy of the government also contributed to weaken its position . But a grayer
See also:blow, ending in the complete over-throw of the administration, was soon to fall as the result of the election, In 1872 two companies had been formed and received charters to build the Canadian Pacific railway .. Sir Hugh Allan of Montreal was at the head of the one, and the Hon .
See also:David Macpherson of Toronto was president of the other . The government endeavoured to bring about an amalgamation of these
See also:rival companies, believing that the united energies and financial ability of the whole country were required for so vast an undertaking . While negotiations to this end were still proceeding the election of 1872 came on with the result already mentioned . Soon after the meeting of parliament, a Liberal member of the House, Mr L . S . Huntingdon, formally charged certain, members of the cabinet with having received large sums of money, for use in the election, from Sir Hugh Allan, on condition, as it was claimed, that the Canadian Pacific contract should be given to the new company, of which he becaile the head on the failure of the plan for amalgamation . These charges were investigated by a royal commission, which was appointed after it had been decided that the parliamentary committee named for that purpose could not legally take evidence under
See also:oath . Parliament met in October 1873, to receive the report of the commission .
While members of the government were exonerated by the report from the charge of personal corruption, the payment of large sums of money by Sir Hugh Allan was fully established, and public feeling on the matter was so strong that Sir . J . Macdonald, while asserting his own innocence, felt compelled to resign without waiting for the vote of ; parliament .. Lord Dufferin, who had succeeded Lord Lisgar as governor-general in 1872, at once sent for the leader of the Opposition, Mr Alexander Mackenzie (q.v.), who 'succeeded in forming a Liberal administration which, on appealing to the constituencies, was supported by an overwhelming majority, and held power for the five following years . On the accession to power of the Liberal party, a new policy was adopted. for the construction of the trans-continental railway . , It was proposed to lessen the cost of construction by utilizing the water stretches along the route, while, on the ground that the contract made was impossible of fulfilment, the period of completion was postponed indefinitely . Meanwhile the surveys and construction were carried forward not by a company, but as ,a government work . Under this arrangement British Columbia became exceedingly restive, holding the Dominion to the engagement by which it had been induced to enter the union . A representative of the government, Mr (later Sir James)Edgar, sent out to conciliate the province by some new agreement, failed to accomplish his object, and all the influence of the governor-general, Lord Dufferin, who paid a visit at this time to the Pacific coast, was required to quiet the public excitement, which had shown itself in a resolution passed by the legislature for separation from the Dominion unless the terms of union were fulfilled . Meanwhile a policy destined to affect profoundly the future of the . Dominion had, along with that of the construction of the Canadian Pacific railway, become a subject of burning political discussion and party division . During the period of Mr Mackenzie's administration a profound, business depression affected the whole continent of America .
The Dominion revenue showed a series of, deficits for several years in succession . The factories of Economic " national policy." the United States, unduly developed by an extreme system of protection, sought in Canada a slaughter market for their surplus products, to the detriment or destruction of Canadian industries . Meanwhile the republic, which had for many years drained Canada of hundreds of thousands of artisans to work its factories, steadily declined to consider any
See also:suggestion for improving trade relations between the two countries . In these circumstances Sir J . Macdonald brought forward a proposal to adopt what was called a " national policy," or, in other words, a system of protection for Canadian industries . Mr Mackenzie and his chief ' followers, whose inclinations were towards free trade, pinned their political fortunes to the maintenance of a tariff for revenue only . After some years of fierce discussion in parliament and throughout the country the question was brought to an issue in 1878, when, with a large majority of followers pledged to carry out protection, Sir John Macdonald was restored to power . The new system was laid before parliament in 1879 by the finance minister, Sir Leonard Tilley; and the tariff then agreed upon, although it received considerable modification from time to time, remained, under both Conservative and Liberal administrations, the basis of Canadian finance, and, as Canadians generally believed, the
See also:bulwark of their industry . It had almost immediately the effect of lessening the exodus of artisans to the United States, and of improving the revenue and so restoring the national credit . In October 1878 Lord Dufferin's term of office expired, and his place as governor-general was taken by the
See also:marquess of Lorne, whose welcome to the Dominion was accentuated by the fact that he was the son-in-law of the queen, and that his viceroyalty was shared by the princess Louise . The election of 1878 marked the beginning of a long period of Conservative rule—the premier-ship of Sir J . Macdonald continuing from that time without a break until his death in 1891, while his party remained in power till 1896, .
This long-continued Conservative supremacy was apparently due to the policy of bold and rapid development which it had adopted, and which appealed to a young and ambitious country more strongly than the more cautious proposals of the Liberal leaders . As soon as the government had redeemed its pledge to establish a system of protection a vigorous Corople- railway policy was inaugurated . A contract was made tion of the with a new company to complete the Canadian Pacific Canadian railway within ten years, on condition of receiving a Pacific grant of $25,000,000 and 25,000,000 acres of land, railway. together with those parts of the line already finished under government direction . After fierce debate in parliament these terms were ratified in the session of 1881 . The financial difficulties encountered by the company in carrying out their gigantic task were very great, and in 1884 they were compelled to obtain from the Dominion government a loan of $20,000,000 secured on the company's property . This loan was repaid by 1887 . Meanwhile the work was carried forward with so muchenergy that, five years before the stipulated period of completion, en the 7th of November 1886, the last spike was driven by Mr Donald A .
See also:Smith (Lord Strathcona), whose
See also:fortune had been largely pledged to the undertaking, along with 'those of other prominent Canadian business men, especially Mr George
See also:Stephen (Lord Mountstephen), Mr
See also:Duncan McIntyre, and Mr R . B . Angus . Under the energetic management of Mr (later Sir) W . C .
See also:Horne, who was appointed president of the company in 1888, the new railway soon became the most prominent feature in the development of the country; lines of steamships were established on the great lakes and the Pacific; a stream of immigration began to flow into the prairie region; and the increasing prosperity of the railway had a powerful influence in improving the public credit . Even before the Canadian Pacific railway was fully completed, it proved of great service in a national emergency which suddenly arose in the north-west . With the organization of Manitoba and the opening of improved communication immigrants began to move rapidly westward, and government surveyors were soon busy laying off lands in the Saskatchewan valley . The numbers of the half-breed settlers of this district had been increased bythe
See also:migration of many of those who had taken part in the first uprising at Fort Garry . Influenced by somewhat similar motives, fearing from the advance of
See also:civilization the destruction Riei's of the buffalo, on which they chiefly depended for food, rebellion. with some real grievances and others imaginary, the discontented population sent for Riel, who had been living, since his
See also:flight from Fort Garry. in the United States . He returned to put himself at the head of a second rebellion . At first he seemed inclined to act with moderation and on lines of constitutional agitation, but soon, carried away by fanaticism, ambition and vanity, he turned to armed organization against the government . To half-breed rebellion was added the imminent danger of an Indian uprising, to which Riel looked for support . The authorities at Ottawa were at first careless or sceptical in regard to the danger, the reality of which was only brought home to them when a body of mounted police, advancing to regain a small post at
See also:Duck Lake, of which the rebels had taken possession, was attacked and twelve of their number killed .
See also:Volunteers and militia were at once called out in all the old provinces of Canada, and were quickly conveyed by the newly constructed line of railway to the neighbourhood of the point of disturbance . Major-general
See also:Middleton, of the imperial army, who was then in command of the Canadian militia, led the expedition . Several minor engagements with half-breeds or Indians preceded the final struggle at Batoche, where
See also:Dumont, Riel's military lieutenant, had skilfully entrenched his forces .
After a cautious advance the eagerness of the troops finally overcame the hesitation of the
See also:commander in exposing his men, the rifle pits were carried with a rush, and the rebellion crushed at a single stroke . Dumont succeeded in escaping across the United States boundary; Riel was captured, imprisoned, and in due course tried for treason . This second rebellion carried on under his leadership had lasted about three months, had cost the country many valuable lives, and in money about five millions of dollars . Clear as was his
See also:guilt, Riel's trial, condemnation and execution on the 16th of November 1885, provoked a violent political
See also:storm which at one time threatened to overthrow the Conservative government . The
See also:balance of power between parties in parliament was held by the province of Quebec, and there racial and religious feeling evoked no slight sympathy for Riel . But while a section of Quebec was eager to secure the
See also:pardon, Ontario was equally bent on the execution of justice, so that in the final vote on the question in parliament the defection of French Conservatives was compensated for by the support of Ontario Liberals . In the end 25 out of S3 French members voted in
See also:justification of Riel's punishment . With him were executed several Indian chiefs who had been concerned in a
See also:massacre of whites . Painful as were the circumstances connected with this rebellion, it is certain that the united
See also:action of the different provinces in suppressing it tended to consolidate Canadian sentiment, and the short military
See also:campaign had the effect of fixing public attention upon the immense fertile territory then being opened up . The general election of 1882 turned chiefly upon endorsement of the national policy of protection; in that of 1887 the electoral test was again applied to the same issue, while Sir John Macdonald also asked for approval of the government's action in exacting from Riel the full
See also:penalty of his guilt . On both issues the Conservative policy was upheld by the electors, and Macdonald was continued in power with a large parliamentary majority . From the election of 1887 the Riel agitation ceased to seriously influence politics, but the fiscal controversy continued under new forms .
Between 1887 and 1891 a vigorous agitation was kept up under Liberal auspices in favour of closer trade relations with the United States, at first under the name of Commercial Union and later under that of Unrestricted Reciprocity . The object in both cases was to break down tariff barriers between the United Staten and Canada, even though that should be at the expense of discrimination against Great Britain . The Conservative party took the position that commercial union, involving as it would a common protective tariff against all other countries, including the motherland, Macdonald's fiscal policy . would inevitably lead to political unification with the United States . The question after long and vehement discussion was brought to a final issue in the election of 1891, and Sir John Macdonald's government was again sustained . From that time protection became the-settled policy of the country . On their accession to power in 1896 it was adopted by the Liberals, who joined to it a preference for the products of the mother country . Under the protective policy thus repeatedly confirmed, Canada gradually became more
See also:independent of the American market than in earlier times, and enjoyed great commercial prosperity . Soon after the election of 1891 Sir John Macdonald (q.v.) died, after an active political career of more than
See also:forty years . Under his direction the great lines of policy which have governed the development of Canada as a confederated state within the empire were inaugurated and carried forward with great success, so that his name has become indissolubly connected with the history of the Dominion at its most critical stage . During the years which succeeded the death of Sir John Macdonald a succession of losses weakened the position of the Conservative party which had held power so long . Macdon- ald's 's suc- The Hon .
J . C . C .
See also:Abbott, leader of the party in the cessors .
See also:Senate, became prime minister on Macdonald's death in 1891, but in 1892 was compelled by
See also:ill-health to resign, and in 1893 he died . His successor, Sir John Thompson, after a successful leadership of about two years, died suddenly of heart disease at Windsor Castle, immediately after being sworn of the imperial privy council . Charges of corruption in the administration of the department of public
See also:works, which led to the expulsion of one member of parliament, involved also the resignation from the cabinet of Sir
See also:Hector Langevin, leader of the French Conservatives, against whom carelessness at least in administration had been established . The brief premiership of Sir Mackenzie
See also:Bowell, between 1894 and 1896, was marked by much dissension in the Conservative ranks, ending finally in a reconstruction of the government in 1896 under Sir Charles Tupper . Breaks had been made in the Liberal ranks also by the death in 1892 of the Hon . Alexander Mackenzie and the withdrawal of the Hon . Edward Blake from Canadian politics to accept a seat in the British parliament as a member of the Home Rule party . But the appeal made to the electors in 1896 resulted in a decisive victory for the Liberal party, and marked the beginning of a long period of Liberal rule .
See also:Laurier (q.v.) became prime minister, and strengthened the cabinet which he formed by
See also:drawing into Laur,er. it from provincial politics the premiers of Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia . The administration thus established underwent many changes, but after winning three general elections it was still in power in 1909 . The period of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's rule was one of striking progress in material growth, and a marked development of national feeling . While the federation of the provinces favoured the growth of a strong sentiment of Canadian individuality, the result of unification had been to strengthen decidedly the ties that bind the country to the empire . This was as true under Liberal as under Conservative auspices—as Canadians understood the meaning of these party names . The outbreak of the South
See also:African war in 1899 furnished an occasion for a practical display of Canadian
See also:loyalty to imperial interests . Three contingents of troops were despatched to the seat of war and took an active part in the events which finally secured the
See also:triumph of the British arms . These forces were supplemented by a regiment of Canadian horse raised and equipped at the
See also:sole expense of Lord Strathcona, the high
See also:commissioner of the Dominion in London . The same spirit was illustrated in other ways . In bringing about a system of
See also:postage throughout the empire; in forwarding the construction of the Pacific
See also:cable to secure close and safe imperial telegraphic connexion; in creating rapid and efficient lines of steamship communication with the motherland and all the colonies; in granting tariff preference to British goods and in striving for preferential treatment of inter-imperial trade; in assuming responsibility for imperial defence at the two important stations of Halifax and Esquimalt,—Canada, under theguidance of Sir Wilfrid Laurier and his party, took a leading part and showed a truly national spirit . The opening years of the loth century were marked by a prolonged period of great prosperity . A steady stream of emigrants from Europe and the United States, some-times rising in number to 300,000 in a single year, , expansion. began to occupy the vast western prairies .
So considerable was the growth of this section of the Dominion that in 1905 it was found necessary to form two new provinces, Alberta and Saskatchewan, from the North-West Territories, the area of each being 275,000 sq. m . Each province has a lieutenant-governor and a single legislative chamber, with a representation of four members in the Senate and five in the House of Commons of the Dominion parliament . The control of the public lands is retained by the general government on the ground that it has been responsible for the development of the country by railway construction and emigration . With the rapid increase of population, production in Canada also greatly increased; exports, imports and revenue constantly
See also:expanded, and capital, finding abundant and profitable employment, began to flow freely into the country for further industrial development . New and great railway undertakings were a marked feature of this period . The Canadian Pacific system was extended until it included 12,000 M. of line . The Canadian Northern railway, already constructed from the Great Lakes westward to the neighbourhood of the Rockies, and with water and rail connexions reaching eastward to Quebec, began to transform itself into a complete transcontinental system, with an extension to the Hudson Bay . That this line owed its inception and construction chiefly to the joint enterprise of two private individuals, Messrs Mackenzie and
See also:Mann, was a striking proof of the industrial capacities of the country . To a still more ambitious line, the Grand Trunk Pacific, extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific, aiming at extensive steamship connexion on both oceans, and closely associated with the Grand Trunk system of Ontario and Quebec, the government of Canada gave liberal support as a national undertaking . The eastern section of 1875 m., extending from Winnipeg to
See also:Moncton, where connexion is secured with the winter ports of Halifax and St John, was, under the act of incorporation, to be built by the government, and then leased for fifty years, under certain conditions, to the Grand Trunk Pacific Company . The western portion, of 148o m., from Winnipeg to the Pacific, was to be built, owned and operated by the company itself, the government guaranteeing bonds to the extent of 75 % of the whole cost of construction . The discovery of large deposits of nickel at Sudbury; of extremely rich gold mines on the head-waters of the Yukon, in a region previously considered well-nigh worthless for human habitation; of extensive areas of gold, copper and silver ores in the mountain regions of British Columbia; of immense coal deposits in the Crow's
See also:Nest Pass of the same province and on the prairies; of
See also:veins of silver and
See also:cobalt of extraordinary richness in northern Ontario --all deeply affected the industrial condition of the country and illustrated the vastness of its undeveloped resources .
The use of wood-pulp in the manufacture of paper gave a greatly enhanced value to many millions of acres of northern forest country . The application of electricity to purposes of manufacture and transportation made the waterfalls and rapids in which the country abounds the source of an almost unlimited supply of energy capable of easy distribution for industrial purposes over wide areas . Since
See also:confederation a series of attempts has been made with varying degrees of success to settle the questions in dispute between the Dominion and the United States, naturally Relations arising from the fact that they
See also:divide between them with the the control of nearly the whole of a large continent and United its adjoining waters . Considering the vastness of the states interests involved, there is much cause for satisfaction in the fact that these differences have been settled by peaceful arbitrament rather than by that recourse to force which has so often marked the delimitation of rights and territory on other continents 164 The Washington Treaty of 1871 has already been referred to . Its clauses dealing with the fisheries and trade lasted for fourteen years, and were then abrogated by the action of the United States . Various proposals on the part of Canada for a renewal of the reciprocity were not entertained . After 1885 Canada was therefore compelled to fall back upon the treaty of 1818 as the guarantee of her fishing rights . It became necessary to enforce the terms of that
See also:convention, under which the fishermen of the United States could not pursue their avocations within the three miles' limit, tranship cargoes of fish in Canadian ports, or enter them except for shelter, water, wood or repairs . On account of infractions of the treaty many vessels were seized and some were condemned . In 1887 a special commission was appointed to deal with the question . On this commission Mr Joseph Chamber-lain, Sir Sackville West and Sir Charles Tupper represented British and Canadian interests; Secretary T . F .
Bayard, Mr W. le B . Putnam and Mr James B .
See also:Angell acted for the United States . The commission succeeded in agreeing to the terms of a treaty, which was recommended to Congress by President
See also:Cleveland as supplying " a satisfactory, practical and final
See also:adjustment, upon a basis honourable and just to both parties, of the difficult and vexed questions to which it relates." This agreement, known as the
See also:Chamberlain-Bayard treaty, was rejected by the Senate, and as a consequence it became necessary to carry on the fisheries under a modus vivendi renewed annually . In 1886 a difference about international rights on the high seas arose on the Pacific coast in connexion with the seal fisheries of Bering Sea . In that year several schooners, fitted out in British Columbia for the capture of
See also:seals in the North Pacific, were seized by a United States cutter at a distance of 6o m. from the nearest land, the officers were imprisoned and fined, and the vessels themselves subjected to
See also:forfeiture . The British government at once protested against this infraction of inter-national right, and through long and troublesome negotiations firmly upheld Canada's claims in the matter . The dispute was finally referred to a court of arbitration, on which Sir John Thompson, premier of the Dominion, sat as one of the British arbitrators . It was decided that the United States had no jurisdiction in the Bering Sea beyond the three miles' limit, but the court also made regulations to prevent the wholesale slaughter of fur-bearing seals . The sum of $463,454 was finally awarded as compensation to the Canadian sealers who had been unlawfully seized and punished . This sum was paid by the United States in 1898 . As the result of communications during 1897 between Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Secretary Sherman, the governments of Great Britain and the United States agreed to the appointment of a joint high commission, with a view of settling all outstanding differences between the United States and Canada .
The commission, which included three members of the Canadian cabinet and a representative of Newfoundland, and of which LordHerschell was appointed chairman, met at Quebec on the 23rd of August 1898 . The sessions continued in Quebec at intervals until the loth of October, when the commission adjourned to meet in Washington on the 1st of November, where the discussions were renewed for some weeks . Mr Nelson Dingley, an American member of the commission, died during the month of
See also:January, as did the chairman, Lord Herschell, in March, as the result of an accident, soon after the close of the sittings of the commission . The Alaskan boundary, the Atlantic and inland fisheries, the
See also:alien labour law, the bonding
See also:privilege, the seal fishery in the Bering Sea and reciprocity of trade in certain products were among the subjects considered by the commission . On several of these points much progress was made towards a settlement, but a divergence of opinion as to the methods by which the Alaskan boundary should be determined put an end for the time to the negotiations . In 1903 an agreement was reached by which the question of this boundary, which depended on the
See also:interpretation put upon the treaty of 1825 between Russia and England, should be submitted to a commission consisting of " six impartial jurists of repute," three British and three American . The British[HISTORY commissioners appointed were: Lord Alverstone, lord chief justice of England; Sir Louis Jette, K.C., of Quebec; and A . B . Aylesworth, K . C., of Toronto . On the American side were appointed: the Hon . Henry C .
See also:Lodge, senator for Massachusetts; the Hon . Elihu
See also:Root, secretary of war for the United States government; and Senator George
See also:Turner . Canadians could not be persuaded that the American members fulfilled the condition of being " impartial jurists," and protest was made, but, though the imperial government also expressed surprise, no change in the appointments was effected . The commission met in London, and announced its decision in October . This was distinctly unfavourable to Canada's claims, since it excluded Canadians from all ocean inlets as far south as the Portland Channel, and in that channel gave to Canada only two of the four islands claimed . A statement made by the Canadian commissioners, who refused to sign the report, of an unexplained change of opinion on the part of Lord Alverstone, produced a widespread impression for a time that his decision in favour of American claims was
See also:diplomatic rather than judicial . Later Canadian opinion, however, came to regard the decision of the commission as a reasonable compromise . The irritation caused by the decision gradually subsided, but at the moment it led to strong expressions on the part of Sir Wilfrid Laurier and others in favour of securing for Canada a fuller power of making her own treaties . While the power of making treaties must rest ultimately in tie hands that can enforce them, the tendency to give the colonies chiefly interested a larger voice in inter-national arrangements had become inevitable . The mission of a Canadian cabinet minister, the Hon . R . Lemieux, to Japan in 1907, to settle Canadian difficulties with that country, illustrated the change of diplomatic system in progress .
Under the British North American Act the control of education was reserved for the provincial governments, with a stipulation that all. rights enjoyed by denominational schools at Education. the time of confederation should be respected .
See also:Pro- vincial control has caused some diversity of management; the interpretation of the denominational agreement has led to acute differences of opinion which have invaded the field of politics . In all the provinces elementary, and in some cases secondary, education is free, the funds for its support being derived from local taxation and from government grants . The highly organized school system of Ontario is directed by a minister of education, who is a member of the provincial cabinet . The other provinces have boards of education, and superintendents who act under the direction of the provincial legislatures . In Quebec the Roman Catholic schools, which constitute the majority, are chiefly controlled by the local
See also:clergy of that church . The Protestant schools are managed by a separate board . In Ontario as well as in Quebec separate schools are allowed to Roman Catholics . In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and British Columbia the public schools are strictly undenominational . This position was only established in New Brunswick and Manitoba after violent political struggles, and frequent appeals to the highest courts of the empire for decisions on questions of federal or provincial jurisdiction . The right of having separate schools has been extended to the newly constituted provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan . Secondary education is provided for by high schools and collegiate institutes in all towns and cities, and by large residential institutions at various centres, conducted on the principle of the English public schools .
The largest of these is Upper Canada College at Toronto . Each province has a number of normal and model schools for the training of teachers . For higher education there are also abundant facilities . M'Gill University at Montreal has been enlarged and splendidly endowed by the munificence of a few private individuals; Toronto University by the provincial legislature of Ontario; Queen's University at Kingston largely by the support of its own graduates andfriends . University work in the maritime provinces, instead of being concentrated, as it might well be, in one powerful institution, is distributed among five small, but within their range efficient universities . The agricultural college at Guelph and HISTORY] ' the experimental farms maintained by the federal government give excellent training and scientific assistance to farmers . Sir William Macdonald in 1908 built and endowed, at an expenditure of at least £700,000, an agricultural college and normal school at St Anne's, near Montreal . While the older universities have increased greatly in influence and efficiency, the following new
See also:foundations have been made since confederation:—University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, 1877; Presbyterian College, Winnipeg, 1870; Methodist College, Winnipeg, 1888; Wesleyan College, Montreal, 1873; Presbyterian College, Montreal, 1868; School of Practical Science, Toronto, 1877; Royal Military College, Kingston, 1875; M`
See also:Master University, Toronto, 1888 . All the larger universities have schools of medicine in affiliation, and have the power of conferring medical degrees . Since 1877 Canadian degrees have been recognized by the Medical Council of Great Britain . In her treatment of the aboriginal inhabitants of the country (numbering 93,318 in 1901) Canada has met with conspicuous success . Since the advance of civilization and indis- criminate slaughter have deprived them of the bison, tribes .
so long their natural means of subsistence, the north- west tribes have been maintained chiefly at the expense of the country . As a result of the great care now used in watching over them there has been a small but steady increase in their numbers . Industrial and boarding schools, established in several of the provinces, by separating the children from the degrading influences of their home life, have proved more effectual than day schools for training them in the habits and ideas of a higher civilization . (See INDIANS, NORTH AMERICAN.) The constitution of the Dominion embodies the first attempt made to adapt British principles and methods of government to a federal system . The chief executive authority Gonstttu- is vested in the sovereign, as is the supreme command ttoo . of the military and naval forces . The governor-general represents, and fulfils the functions of, the crown, which appoints him . He holds office for five years, and his powers are strictly limited, as in the case of the sovereign, all executive acts being done on the advice of his cabinet, the members of which hold office only so long as they retain the confidence of the people as expressed by their representatives in parliament . The governor-general has, however, the independent right to withhold his assent to any bill which he considers in conflict with imperial interests . The following governors-general have represented the crown since the federation of the• provinces, with the year of their appointment:
See also:Viscount Monck, 1867; Sir John Young (afterwards Baron Lisgar), 1868; the earl of Dufferin, 1872; the marquess of Lome (afterwards duke of
See also:Argyll), 1878; the marquess of Lansdowne, 1883; Lord
See also:Stanley of Preston (afterwards earl of Derby), 1888; the earl of Aberdeen, 1893; the earl of Minto, 1898; Earl
See also:Grey, 1904 . The upper house, or Senate, is composed of members who hold office for life and are nominated by the governor-general in council . It originally consisted of 72 members, 24 from Quebec, 24 from Ontario, and 24 from the maritime provinces, but this number has been from time to time slightly increased as new provinces have been added .
The House of Commons consists of representatives elected directly by the people . The number of:. members, originally 196, is subject to change after each decennial census . The basis adopted in the British North America Act is that Quebec shall always have 65 representatives, and each of the other provinces such a number as will give the same proportion of members to its population as the number 65 bears to the population of Quebec at each census . In 1908 the number of members was 218 . Members of the Senate and of the House of Commons receive an annual
See also:indemnity of $2500, with a travelling
See also:allowance . Legislation brought forward in 1906 introduced an innovation in assigning a
See also:salary of $7000 to the recognized leader of the Opposition, and
See also:pensions amounting to half their official income to ex-cabinet ministers who have occupied their posts fot five consecutive years . This pension clause has since been repealed . One principal object of the framers of the Canadian X65 constitution was to establish a strong central government . An opposite plan was therefore adopted to that employed in the system of the United States, where the federal government enjoys only the powers granted to it by the sovereign states . The British North America Act assigns to the different provinces, as to the central .parliament, their
See also:spheres of control, but all residuary powers are given to the general government . Within these limitations the provincial assemblies have a wide range of legislative power . In Nova Scotia and Quebec the bicameral system of an upper and lower house is retained; in the other provinces legislation is left to a single representative assembly .
For purely local matters municipal institutions are organized to cover counties and townships, cities and towns, all based on an exceedingly democratic franchise . The creation of a supreme court engaged the attention of Sir John Macdonald in the early years after federation, but was only finally accomplished in 1876, during the premiership of Alexander Mackenzie . This court is presided over by a chief justice, with five
See also:puisne judges, and has appellate civil and criminal jurisdiction for the Dominion . By an act passed in 1891 the government has power to refer to the supreme court any important question of law affecting the public interest . The right of appeal from the supreme court, thus constituted, to the judicial committee of the privy council marks, in questions judicial, Canada's place as a part of the British empire . The appointment, first made in 1897, of the chief justice of Canada, along with the chief justices of Cape Colony and South Australia, as colonial members of the judicial committee still further established the position of that body as the final court of appeal for the British people . The
See also:grave questions of respective jurisdiction which have from time to time arisen between the federal and provincial governments have for the most part been settled by appeal to one or both of these judicial bodies . Some of these questions have played a considerable part in Canadian politics, but are of too complicated a nature to be dealt with in the present brief
See also:sketch . They have generally consisted in the assertion of provincial rights against federal authority . The decision of the courts has always been accepted as authoritative and final . An excellent bibliography of Canadian history will be found in the
See also:volume Literature of American History, published by the American Library Association . The annual Review of
See also:Historical Publications Relating to Canada, published by the University of Toronto, gives a critical survey of the works on Canadian topics appearing from year to year .
(G . R . P.) LITERATURE 1 . English-Canadian Literature is marked by the weaknesses as well as the merits of colonial life . The struggle for existence, the conquering of the wilderness, has left scant room for broad culture or scholarship, and the very fact that Canada is a colony, however free to control her own affairs, has stood in the way of the creation of anything like a national literature . And yet, while Canada's intellectual product is essentially an offshoot of the
See also:parent literature of England, it is not entirely devoid of originality, either in manner or matter . There is in much of it a spirit of freedom and youthful vigour characteristic of the country . It is marked by the wholesomeness of Canadian life and Canadian ideals, and the optimism of a land of limitless potentialities . The first few decades of the period of British rule were lean years indeed so far as native literature is concerned . This period of unrest gave birth to little beyond a
See also:flood of political
See also:pamphlets, of no present value save as material for the historian . We may perhaps except the able though thoroughly
See also:partisan writings of Sir John Beverley
See also:Robinson and
See also:Strachan on the one side, and Robert
See also:Fleming Gourlay and William Lyon Mackenzie on the other . In the far West, however, a little group of adventurous fur-traders, of whom Sir Alexander Mackenzie, David Thompson, Alexander Henry and Daniel
See also:Williams Harmon may be taken as conspicuous types, were unfolding the vast expanse of the future dominion .
They were men of action, not of words; and had no thought of
See also:literary fame, but their absorbingly interesting
See also:journals are none the less an essential part of the literature of the country . Barring the work of Francis
See also:Parkman, who was not a Canadian, no history of the first rank has yet been written in or of . Canada . Canadian historians have not merely lacked so far the
See also:genius for really great historical work, but they have lacked the point of view; they have stood too close to their subject to get the true perspective . At the same time they have brought together invaluable material for the great historian of the future . Robert
See also:Christie's History of Lower Canada (1848-1854) was the first serious attempt to deal with the period of British rule . William
See also:Kingsford's (1819-1898) ambitious work, in ten volumes, comes down like Christie's to the Union of 1841, but goes back to the very beginnings of Canadian history . In the main it is impartial and accurate, but the
See also:style is heavy and sometimes slovenly . J . C . Dent's (1841-1888) Last Forty Years (188o) is practically a continuation of Kingsford . Dent also wrote an interesting though one-sided account of the rebellion of 1837 .
Histories of the maritime provinces have been written by Thomas
See also:Chandler Haliburton, Beamish Murdoch and James
See also:Hannay . Haliburton's is much the best of the three . The brief but stirring history of western Canada has been told by Alexander Begg (184o-1898); and George
See also:Bryce (b . 1844) and Beckles Willson (b . 1869) have written the story of the Hudson's Bay Company . Much scholarship and research have been devoted to local and special historical subjects, a notable example of which is Arthur Doughty's exhaustive work on the
See also:siege of Quebec . J . McMullen (b . 182o), Charles Roberts (b . 186o) and Sir . John Bourinot (1837-1902) have written brief and popular histories, covering the whole field of Canadian history more or less adequately .
See also:Alpheus Todd's (1821-1884) Parliamentary Government in England (1867-1869) and Parliamentary Government in the British Colonies (r88o) are standard works, as is also Bourinot's Parliamentary Procedure and Practice (1884) .
Biography has been devoted mainly to political subjects . The best of these are Joseph
See also:Memoirs of Sir John Macdonald (1894), W . D. le Sueur's Frontendc (1906), Sir John Bourinot's Lord Elgin (1905),
See also:Jean McIlwraith's Sir
See also:Haldimand (1904), D . C . Scott's John
See also:Graves Simcoe (1905), A . D. de Celles' Papineau and Cartier (1904), Charles
See also:Lindsey's William Lyon Mackenzie (1862), J . W .
See also:Longley's Joseph Howe (1905) and J . S . Willison's Sir Wilfrid Laurier (1903) . In belles lettres very little has been accomplished, unless we may count Goldwin Smith (q.v.) as a Canadian . As a
See also:scholar, a thinker, and a master of pure English he has exerted a marked influence upon Canadian literature and Canadian life .
While mediocrity is the prevailing characteristic of most of what passes for
See also:poetry in Canada, a few writers have risen to a higher level . The conditions of Canadian life have not been favourable to the birth of great poets, but within the limits of their song such men as Archibald Lampman (1861-1891), William Wilfred
See also:Campbell (b . 1861), Charles Roberts,
See also:Bliss Carman (b . 1861) and George Frederick
See also:Cameron have written lines that are well worth remembering . Lampman's poetry is the most finished and musical . He fell short of being a truly great poet, inasmuch as great poetry must, which his does not,
See also:touch life at many points, but his verses are marked by the qualities that belonged to the man—sincerity, purity, seriousness . Campbell's poetry, in spite of a certain lack of
See also:compression, is full of dramatic vigour: Roberts has put some of his best work into sonnets and short lyrics, while Carman has been very successful with the ballad, the untrammelled
See also:swing and sweep of which he has finely caught; the simplicity and severity of Cameron's style won the
See also:commendation of even so exacting a critic as
See also:Arnold . One •remarkable drama—Charles Heavysege's (1816-1876)
See also:Saul (1857)-belongs to Canadian literature . Though unequal in execution, it contains passages j of exceptional beauty and power . The sweetness and maturity 1 of Isabella
See also:Crawford's (1851-1887)
See also:verse are also very worthy of remembrance . The habitant poems of Dr W . H .
See also:Drummond (1854-1907) stand in a class by themselves, between English and French Canadian literature, presentingthe
See also:simple life of the habitant with unique
See also:humour and picturesqueness . The first distinctively Canadian novel was John
See also:Richardson's (1796-1852) Wacousta (1832), a stirring
See also:tale of the war of 1812 . Richardson afterwards wrote half a dozen other romances, dealing chiefly with incidents in Canadian history . Susanna Moodie (1803-1885) and Katharine Parr
See also:Traill (1802-1899), sisters of
See also:Agnes Strickland, contributed novels and tales to one of the earliest and best of Canadian magazines, the Literary
See also:Garland (1838-1847) . The Golden
See also:Dog, William
See also:Kirby's (1817-1go6) fascinating
See also:romance of old Quebec, appeared in 1877, in a pirated edition . Twenty years later the first authorized edition was published . James de Mille (1833-188o) was the author of some thirty novels, the best of which is Helena's Household (1868), a story of Rome in the 1st century . The
See also:Club (1869), a humorous book of travel, appeared, curiously enough, a few months before Innocents Abroad . De Mille's
See also:posthumous novel, A
See also:Manuscript found in a Copper Cylinder (1888), describes a singular race whose cardinal
See also:doctrine is that poverty is honourable and wealth the
See also:reverse . Sir
See also:Parker (b . 1862) stands first among contemporary Canadian novelists . He has made admirable use in many of his novels of the inexhaustible stores of romantic and dramatic material that lie buried in forgotten pages of Canadian history .
Of later Canadian novelists mention may be made of Sara
See also:Jeannette Duncan (Mrs Everard
See also:Cotes, b . 1862),
See also:Ralph Connor (Charles W .
See also:Gordon, b . 1866), Agnes C .
See also:Laut (b . 1872), W . A . Fraser (b . 1859) and Ernest Thompson
See also:Seton (b . 186o) . Thomas Chandler Haliburton (q.v.) stands in a class by himself . In many respects his is the most striking figure in Canadian literature .
He is best known as a humorist, and as a humorist he ranks with the creators of " My
See also:Uncle Toby " and " Pickwick." But there is more than humour in Haliburton's books . He lacked, in fact, but one thing to make him a great novelist: he had no conception of how to construct a plot . But he knew human nature, and knew it intimately in all its phases; he could construct a character and endow it with life; his people talk naturally and to the point; and many of his descriptive passages are admirable . Those who read Haliburton's books only for the
See also:sake of the humour will
See also:miss much of their value . His inimitable Clockmaker (1837), as well as the later books, The Old
See also:Judge (1849), The Attache (1843), Wise Saws and Modern Instances (1853) and Nature and Human Nature (1855), are mirrors of colonial life and character . For general treatment of English-Canadian literature, reference may be made to Sir John Bourinot's Intellectual Development of the Canadian People (1881); G .
See also:Adam's Outline History of Canadian Literature (188'7) ; " Native Thought and Literature," in J . E .
See also:Collins's Life of Sir John A . Macdonald (1883) ; " Canadian Literature," by J . M . Oxley, in the
See also:Encyclopaedia Americana, vol. ix .
(1904) ; A . MacMurchy's Handbook of Canadian Literature (1906) ; and articles by J .
See also:Hopkins, John
See also:Reade, A . B. de Mille and Thomas O'Hagan, in vol. v. of Canada : an Encyclopaedia of the Country (1898–1900); also to Henry J .
See also:Morgan's Bibliotheca Canadensis (1867) and Canadian Men and Women of the Time (1898) ; W . D . Lighthall, Songs of the Great Dominion;
See also:Rand's Treasury of Canadian Verse (1900); C . C . James's Bibliography of Canadian Verse (1898) ; L . E .
See also:Horning's and L . J .
Burpee's Bibliography of Canadian Fiction (1904) ; S . E . Dawson's
See also:Prose Writers of Canada (1901) ; " Canadian Poetry," by J . A .
See also:Cooper, in The National, 29, p . 364; " Recent Canadian Fiction," by L . J . Burpee, in The Forum, August 1899 . For individual authors, see Hallburton's A
See also:Centenary Chaplet (1897), with a bibliography; " Haliburton," by F . Blake Crofton, in Canada: an Encyclopaedia of the Country; C . H .
See also:Farnham's Life of Francis Parkman and H .
D .Sedgwick's Francis Parkman (1901); and articles on " Parkman," by E . L .
See also:Godkin, in The Nation, 71, p . 441; by
See also:Winsor in The Atlantic, 73, p . 66o; by W . D .
See also:Howells, The Atlantic, 34, p . 602 ; by John Flake, The Atlantic, 73, p . 664; by J . B .
See also:Gilder in The Critic, 23, p .
322; " Goldwin Smith as a Critic," by H .
See also:Spencer, Contemp . Review, 4r, p . 519; Goldwin Smith's Historical Works," by C . E .
See also:Norton, North 'American Review, 99, p . 523; "Poetry of Charles Heavysege," by Bayard
See also:Taylor, Atlantic, 16, p . 412; " Charles Heavysege,"' by L . J . Burpee, in Trans . Royal Society of Canada, 1901 ; Archibald Lampman," by W . D .
Howells, Literature (N.Y.), 4, p . 217; " Archibald Lampman," by L . J . Burpee, in North American Notes and Queries (Quebec), August and September 190o; "Poetry of Bliss Carman," by J . P .Mowbray, Critic, 41, p . 308 ; " Isabella Valency Crawford," in Poet-Lore (Boston), xiii . No . 4; Roberts and the Influences of his Time (1906), by James Cappon; " William Wilfred Campbell," Sewanee Review, October 1900; " Kingsford's History of Canada," by G . M . Wrong, N . A .
Review, I, p . 550; "Books of Gilbert Parker," by C . A .
See also:Pratt, Critic, 33, p . 271 . (L . J . B.) 2 . French-Canadian Literature at the opening of the loth century might be described as entirely the work of two generations, and it was separated from the old regime by three more generations whose racial sentiment only found expression in the traditional songs and tales which their forefathers of the 17th century had brought over from the mere patrie . Folk-lore has always been the most essentially French of all imaginative influences in Canadian life; and the songs are the
See also:quintessence of the lore . Not that the folk-songs have no local variants . Indian words, like
See also:moccasin and toboggan, are often introduced .
French forms are freely turned into pure Canadianisms, like cageux, raftsman, boucane, brushwood
See also:portage, &c . New characters, which appeal more directly to the local
See also:audience, sometimes supplant old ones, like the quatre vieux sauvages who have ousted the time-honoured quatre-z-officiers from the Canadian version of Malbrouk . There are even a few entire songs of transatlantic origin . But all these variants together are mere stray curios among the crowding souvenirs of the old home over sea . No other
See also:bridge can rival le Pont d'
See also:Avignon . " lei" in C'est le bon vin qui danse
See also:ici can be nowhere else but in old France--le bon vin alone proves this . And the Canadian folk-
See also:singer, though in a land of myriad springs, still goes a la claire fontaine of his ancestral
See also:fancy; while the lullabies his mother sang him, like the love-songs with which he serenades his blonde, were nearly all sung throughout the
See also:Normandy of le Grand Monarque . The habitant was separated from old-world changes two centuries ago by difference of place and circumstances, while he has hitherto been safeguarded from many new-world changes by the segregative influences of race, religion, language and
See also:custom; and so his folk-lore still remains the intimate alter et idem of what it was in the days of the great pioneers . It is no longer a living spirit among the people at large; but in secluded villages and " back concessions " one can still hear some charming melodies as old and pure as the verses to which they are sung, and even a few
See also:quaint survivals of Gregorian tunes . The best collection, more particularly from the musical point of view, is
See also:Les Chansons populaires du Canada, started by Ernest Gagnon (1st ed . 1865) . Race-patriotism is the distinguishing characteristic of French-Canadian literature, which is so deeply rooted in national politics that L .
J . Papineau, the most insistentdemagogue of 1837, must certainly be named among the founders, for the sake of speeches which came before written works both in point of time and popular esteem . Only 36o volumes had been published during 8o years, when, in 1845, the first famous book appeared—Francois Xavier Garneau's (1809–1866) Histoire du Canada . It had immense success in Canada, was favourably noticed in France, and has influenced all succeeding men of letters . Unfortunately, the imperfect data on which it is based, and the too exclusively patriotic spirit in which it is written, prevent it from being an authoritative history: the author himself declares " Volts verrez si la defaite de nos ancetres ne vaut pas toutes les victoires." But it is of far-reaching importance as the first great literary stimulus to racial self-respect . " Le Canada
See also:francais avail perdu ses lettres de noblesse; Garneau les lui a rendues." F . X . Garneau is also remembered for his poems, and he was followed by his son
See also:Alfred Garneau (1836-1904) . A . Gerin-Lajoie was a mere lad when the
See also:exile of some compatriots inspired Le Canadien errant, which immediately became a universal folk-song . Many years later he wrote discriminatingly about those Dix ans an Canada (1888) that saw the establishment of responsible government . But his fame rests on Jean Rivard (1874), the prose bucolic of the habitant .
Thehero, left at the head of a fatherless family of twelve when nearly through college, turns from the glut of graduates swarming
See also:round the prospects of professional city-bred careers, steadfastlywrests a home from the wilderness,
See also:helps his
See also:brothers and sisters, marries a habitante
See also:fit for the wife of a
See also:pioneer, brings up a large family, and founds a settlement which grows into several parishes and finally becomes the centre of the electoral district of " Rivardville," which returns him to parliament . These simple and
See also:earnest Scenes de la
See also:vie reelle are an appealing
See also:revelation of that eternal secret of the soil which every people wishing to have a country of its own must early lay to heart; and Jean Rivard, le defricheur, will always remain the eponym of the new colons of the 19th century . Philippe de Gaspe's historical novel, Les Anciens Canadiens (1863); is the complement of Garneau and Gerin-Lajoie . Every-. thing about the author's life helped him to write this book . Born in 1784, and brought up among reminiscent
See also:eye-witnesses of the old regime, he was an eager listener, with a wonderful memory and whole-hearted
See also:pride in the glories of his race and family, a kindly seigneur, who loved and was loved by all his censitaires, a keen observer of many changing systems, down to the final Confederation of 1867, and a man who had felt both extremes of fortune (Memoires, 1866) . The story rambles rather far from its well-worn plot . But these very digressions give the book its intimate and abiding charm; for they keep the reader in close personal touch with every side of Canadian life, with songs and tales and homely forms of speech, with the best features of seigniorial times and the strong guidance of an ardent church, with voyageurs, coureurs de bois, Indians, soldiers, sailors and all the strenuous adventurers of a wild, new,
See also:giant world . The poet of this little
See also:band of authors was Octave Cremazie, a Quebec bookseller, who failed in business and spent his last years as a penniless exile in France . He is usually rather too derivative, he lacks the saving
See also:grace of style, and even his best Canadian poems hardly rise above fervent occasional verse . Yet he became a national poet,. because he was the first to celebrate occasions of deeply felt popular emotion in acceptable
See also:rhyme, and he will always remain one because each occasion touched some lasting aspiration of his race . He sings what Garneau recounts—the love of mother country, mother church and Canada . The Guerre de Crimee, Guerre d'Italie, even
See also:Castel-fidardo, are duly chronicled .
Anode on Mgr. de Montmorency-Laval, first bishop of Quebec, brings him nearer to his proper themes, which are found in full perfection in the Chant du vieux soldat canadien, composed in 1856 to
See also:honour the first French man-of-war that visited British Quebec, and Le Drapeau de
See also:Carillon (1858), a centennial paean for Montcalm's Canadians at
See also:Ticonderoga . Much of the mature work of this first generation, and of the juvenilia of the second, appeared in Les Soirees canadiennes and Le Foyer canadien, founded in 1862 and 1863 respectively . The
See also:abbe Ferland was an enthusiastic editor and historian, and Etienne Parent should be remembered as the first Canadian philosopher . At Confederation many eager followers began to take up the work which the founders were laying down . The abbe Casgrain devoted a life-time to making the French-Canadians appear as the chosen people of new-world history; but, though an able
See also:advocate, he spoilt a really good case by trying to prove too much . His Pelerinage an pays d'Evangeline (1888) is a splendid defence of the unfortunate Acadians; and all his books attract the reader by their charm of style and
See also:personality . But his Montcalm et
See also:Levis (1891) and other works on the conquest, are all warped by a strong
See also:bias against both Wolfe and Montcalm, and in favour of Vandreuil, the Canadian-born governor; while they show an inadequate grasp of military problems, and practically ignore the vast determining factor of sea-power altogether . Benjamin Suite's comprehensive Histoire des Canadiens francais (1882) is a well-written, many-sided work . Thomas Chapais' monographs are as firmly grounded as they are finely expressed; his Jean Talon (1904) is of prime importance; and his Montcalm (1901) is the generous amende honorable paid by French-Canadian literature to a much misrepresented, but admirably wrought, career . A . Gerin-Lajoie's cry of " back to the land " was successfully adapted to modern developments in Le
See also:Saguenay (1896) and L'Outaouais superieur (1889) by Arthur Buies, who showed what immense inland breadths of country lay open to suitable " Jean Rivards " from the older settlements along the St Lawrence . In oratory, which most French-Canadians admire beyond all other forms of verbal
See also:art, Sir Wilfrid Laurier has greatly surpassed L .
J . Papineau, by dealing with more complex questions, taking a higher point of view, and expressing himself with a much apter flexibility of style . Among later poets may be mentioned
See also:Pierre Chauveau (1820-1890), Louis Fiset, (b . 1827), and Adolphe
See also:Poisson (b . 1849) . Louis Frechette (1839-1908) has,however, long been the only poet with a reputation outside of Canada . In 1879 Les Fleurs boreales won the Prix Monthyon from the French Academy . In 1887 La Legende d'un people became the acknowledged epic of a race . He occasionally nods; is rather strident in the patriotic vein; and too often answers the untoward
See also:call of rhetoric when his subject is about to soar into the heights of poetry . But a rich vocabulary, a mastery of verse-forms quite beyond the range of Cremazie, real originality of conception, individual distinction of style, deep insight into the soul of his people, and, still more, the glow of warm-blooded life pulsing through the whole poem, all combine to give him the greatest place at home and an important one in the world at large . Les Vengeances (1875), by Leon Pamphile Le May, and Les Aspirations (1904), by W .
See also:Chapman, worthily represent the older and younger contemporaries .
Dr Neree Beauchemin keeps within somewhat narrow limits in Les Floraisons matutinales (1897); but within them he shows true poetic genius, a fine sense ofrhythm, rhyme and verbal melody, a curiosa felicitas of epithet and phrase, and so sure an eye for local colour that a stranger could choose no better
See also:guide to the imaginative life of Canada . A Canadian drama hardly exists; among its best works are the pleasantly epigrammatic plays of F . G . Marchand . Novels are not yet much in vogue; though Madame Conan's L'Oublie (1902) has been crowned by the Academy; while Dr Choquette's Les Ribaud (1898) is a good dramatic story, and his
See also:Claude Paysan (1899) is an admirably simple idyllic tale of the hopeless love of a soil-bound habitant, told with intense natural feeling and fine
See also:artistic reserve . Chief-Justice Routhier, a most accomplished occasional writer, is very French-Canadian when arraigning Les Grands Drames of the
See also:classics (1889) before his ecclesiastical court and finding them guilty of Paganism . The best
See also:bibliographies are Phileas Gagnon's Essai de bibliographie canadienne (1895), and Dr N . E . Dionne's
See also:list of publications from the earliest times in the Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada for 1905• (W .
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