Dick Harrison


Canadians are inclined to be apologetic about their colonial past. Take, for example, D.C. Jones's description of the United Empire Loyalists who fled the rebellious Thirteen Colonies: 'For many of the Loyalists Canada was simply the prize of war, the booby prize. ' Jones here expresses the excolonial's embarrassment over his country's failure to fight for its independence and yet emphasizes the distinctive feature of Canada's colonial past - that its slow emergence into nationhood was the result of a deliberate choice between clear alternatives, to remain in the British Empire or to join its cousins to the south in a free republic.



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