political history

1934: Paul Gouin & Other Quebec Curios

November 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Up-and-coming politician Paul Gouin would also follow in the footsteps of his family. The grandson of Honoré Mercier and the son of Lomer Gouin, the young Paul Gouin would [read on]

1918: Lionel Groulx & Other Quebec Curios

November 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Lionel Groulx’s political and social thought came from his work and his upbringing. An historian and a priest, as well as a writer, Groulx grew up in the shadow of Henri [read on]

1900: Desjardins & Other Quebec Curios

November 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Many people stop by their local Caisse Desjardin to do their banking, but did you know that there was a man behind the name? Alphonse Desjardins (not to be confused with [read on]

1899: The Boer War & Other Quebec Curios

October 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Also known as the South African War, the cause of the Second Boer War’s beginnings depends on who you ask and when. For the British and the English-speaking Canadians of [read on]

1884: La Presse & Other Quebec Curios

October 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

Founded in 1884 by William-Edmond Blumhart, La Presse’s ideology at the beginnings of its publication was to be an independent newspaper. Independence, however, was [read on]

1868: D’Arcy McGee & Other Quebec Curios

September 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

How did an Irishman become one of the Fathers of Confederation? The story begins, oddly enough, with a young man living in the United States. Thomas D’Arcy McGee originally [read on]

1858: Louis Riel & Other Quebec Curios

August 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

In 1858, a young man arrived in Montréal, unknown to many but a select few who had seen his potential as a scholar back in Manitoba. This man, Louis Riel, was supposed to [read on]
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