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On Canada Day, celebrate the spirit of dominion

Opinion: Decades ago, Canada Day was named Dominion Day—and it’s a moment to recommit to the justice-seeking spirit of its former name

  • Alastair Gillespie
  • MACLEAN’S

In 1982, Dominion Day officially slipped into history, when an almost empty parliament acknowledged a change that was already in common parlance: that the first of July is Canada Day.

Canadian flag 2b by Shutterstock LLLLYet Canada Day could benefit from a revival of our national holiday’s original civic purpose.

Amid suggestions the national celebrations in Ottawa have come adrift—with Maclean’s own Paul Wells telling Canadians to stay home—why not reinvigorate Canada Day as a celebration of the…

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