July 01, 2015

Was the purging of Dominion Day just another case of Liberal re-branding?

David MenziesMission Specialist

Canada Day marks the unofficial start of summer but for Canadians who still care about history and heritage, it may serve as a reminder of what we lost on July 9th, 1982 when, with only 13 members present, the Trudeau Liberals were able to expunge Dominion Day from our history. 

I provide some missing history on the proper meaning of "Dominion", and ask if the Harper government should consider restoring "Dominion Day" to its rightful place. Tell me what you think in the comments.


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commented 2015-07-31 12:19:02 -0400
Changing the name from “Dominion Day” to “Canada Day” did not rewrite history. Rather, it was a way of modernizing Canada by correctly recognizing that things change over time. However, there were many snooty conservative comments and an embellishment of the facts by Menzies in this video.
commented 2015-07-15 01:50:36 -0400
Dominion is a proud word. It means self-governing and autonomous and we gave it that meaning. In the 1920;s the Irish stopped the war with Britain because the Irish Free State would have dominion status. Dominion meant that Canada had moved beyond being a mere colony. Of course the communists like Trudeau Senior didn’t like the word because it came from the Bible — "and they shall have Dominion from sea to sea.’.
commented 2015-07-11 19:56:06 -0400
A good report, Menz, but let’s be brutally honest here: Canada has strayed so far away from its Judeo-Christian foundations that it’s no longer fitting to use a Biblical term to describe Canada, nor does Canada today deserve it. Alas.
commented 2015-07-02 15:28:02 -0400
For me it will always be Dominion Day and I loved The Maple Leave Forever. Canada never needed librano “rebranding”. I fully agree with Greig McKinnon.
commented 2015-07-02 08:42:55 -0400
We lost a great deal of our heritage when we allowed Trudeau to ‘de-anglicize’ our country to please the separatists in Quebec. The left will always re-write history to fit their agenda and when Trudeau re-wrote Canada’s history, by blatantly subverting it for his own political needs, we were all , even the separatists , though they did not realize it at the time, cheated out of our national inheritance.

This is the legacy that Le Bebe brings with him to the table. This is the legacy that he tries so hard to avoid. This is the legacy that he will continue in his Father’s shadow. He must be stopped.

“In days of yore….” indeed.
commented 2015-07-02 00:01:42 -0400
True North, it is great to see the words of the “Maple Leaf Forever”. I remember singing it every morning before lessons started when I was in grade school. It is a great song and we lost a lot when we lost it as our national anthem.
commented 2015-07-01 23:22:31 -0400
Yes, restore it to it’s historically correct name. Dominion day. I would love to see that. A small but significant step.
commented 2015-07-01 23:22:28 -0400
“Dominion Day” it was and “Dominion Day” it should have bloody remained!

In Days of yore,
From Britain’s shore
Wolfe the dauntless hero came
And planted firm Britannia’s flag
On Canada’s fair domain.
Here may it wave,
Our boast, our pride
And joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwined,
The Maple Leaf Forever.

The Maple Leaf
Our Emblem Dear,
The Maple Leaf Forever.
God save our Queen and heaven bless,
The Maple Leaf Forever.

At Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane
Our brave fathers side by side
For freedom’s home and loved ones dear,
Firmly stood and nobly died.
And so their rights which they maintained,
We swear to yeild them never.
Our watchword ever more shall be
The Maple Leaf Forever


Our fair Dominion now extends
From Cape Race to Nootka Sound
May peace forever be our lot
And plenty a store abound
And may those ties of love be ours
Which discord cannot sever
And flourish green for freedom’s home
The Maple Leaf Forever

commented 2015-07-01 22:18:19 -0400
FRASER MCBURNEY. I seem to remember a song about a Guy with a Banjo on his knee, this must have made it awkward for him to get his pants on, but a Cucumber with a Condom on, no . Is it the intention of Stretch Wynn’s Sex Education Program, to teach the Kids, how to put on a Condom, or is she wanting them to learn about alternative places to put it and still be able to make a nice Salad afterwards?
As for Dominion Day, I would not worry to much, if the Liberals or NDP win the next Election, we shall all be prostrating ourselves towards Mecca, maybe we should worry about Cucumbers then.
commented 2015-07-01 20:46:47 -0400
Thank you, David Menzies. The national holiday in our neighbouring province is June 24, so name July 1 what you wish.
commented 2015-07-01 20:17:23 -0400
Happy Dominion Day! God Save Our Queen!
commented 2015-07-01 19:43:26 -0400
It wouldn’t be July 1st without the Menzies rant! Maybe next year David, you could do it in French!
OK, I am bad! Happy Dominion Day.
Today my 12 yr old granddaughter asked if we had a flag before the maple leaf. Nice to know, Google has everything. She has never heard anything in school about it. I was happy to do her teacher’s job, because they are too busy sexualizing children to teach real history.
commented 2015-07-01 19:29:05 -0400
To show you how far we have descended from our routes and traditions. When we were in grade school we said the Lords Prayer sang God save our Queen and Oh Canada at the start of each school day and we learned to sing our national song The Maple Leaf Forever. What do our children do now? They learn to put a condom on a cucumber. Thanks to our gay premiere and her other lgbo buddies
commented 2015-07-01 19:17:39 -0400
it used to be called THE TORONTO DOMINION BANK They changed the name to TD BANK so they can use it world wide and in the United States
commented 2015-07-01 19:01:58 -0400
Jeff Keibel commented 13 mins ago
“TD Bank – The “D” stands for what?”

Dipshits? :)
commented 2015-07-01 18:48:18 -0400
TD Bank – The “D” stands for what?
commented 2015-07-01 16:11:08 -0400
Interesting argument. I’m not sure why we’d want to celebrate our status as a former colony, defined by its relationship with a ceremonial queen, than by the name of our country itself. But whatever – as long as Nickelback isn’t playing the Hill.
commented 2015-07-01 15:39:59 -0400
Get rid of wishy-washy Canada Day and the Liberal flag by restoring Dominion Day & the Red Ensign – Both something with some meaning.
commented 2015-07-01 14:41:01 -0400
General Interest
1867 Canadian Independence Day
The autonomous Dominion of Canada, a confederation of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec, is officially recognized by Great Britain with the passage of the British North America Act. During the 19th century, colonial dependence gave way to increasing autonomy for a growing Canada

At midnight on July 1, 1997,
Hong Kong reverts back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. A few thousand Hong Kongers protested the turnover, which was otherwise celebratory and peaceful.

1898 The Battle of San Juan Hill
As part of their campaign to capture Spanish-held Santiago de Cuba on the southern coast of Cuba, the U.S. Army Fifth Corps engages Spanish forces at El Caney and San Juan Hill.In May 1898, one month after the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, a Spanish fleet docked in the Santiago…

1916 Battle of the Somme begins
At 7:30 a.m., the British launch a massive offensive against German forces in the Somme River region of France. During the preceding week, 250,000 Allied shells had pounded German positions near the Somme, and 100,000 British soldiers poured out of their trenches and into no-man’s-land on July 1

1979 The first Sony Walkman goes on sale
The transistor radio was a technological marvel that put music literally into consumers’ hands in the mid-1950s. It was cheap, it was reliable and it was portable, but it could never even approximate the sound quality of a record being played on a home stereo

1942 The Battle of El Alamein begins
On this day in 1942, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel is brought to a standstill in the battle for control of North Africa. In June, the British had succeeded in driving Rommel into a defensive position in Libya. But Rommel repelled repeated air and tank attacks, delivering heavy losses to the armored…
commented 2015-07-01 14:17:27 -0400
Hmmm… the Constitution got repatriated in ’82, but our new citizens still swear allegiance to the Queen, though we are no longer a Dominion…

Anyone else find this a tad ironic?
commented 2015-07-01 14:13:02 -0400
Dominion Day sounds more distinctive and powerful than Canada Day which is a creation of the Liberal Party along with our current flag and are not symbolic of the birth of our Dominion but instead symbolize the beginning of the gutting of our fundamental national identity.
commented 2015-07-01 13:51:49 -0400
The name of our national holiday should be restored to Dominion Day. It was a part of our culture and heritage that leftist activists ripped for our heritage. Happy Dominion Day. God save the Queen!
commented 2015-07-01 13:05:53 -0400
Happy Dominion Day! God save the Queen.
commented 2015-07-01 13:00:17 -0400
Pretty simple answer to that one Dave, Libranos and sundry other brands of malignant socialism are historic revisionists – that is they like to change or lie about the historic record to favor their political narratives . In this case they want you to think Canada was an independent self autonomous sovereign nation in 1867 (which it was not but I’ll leave it to you to hit the history books and see what really happened). July 1 still is “Dominion day” in historical fact and in pith and substance nothing can change that, they can call it Pre-Quanza Summer fest if they want but the reality is, this is the day we were made a semi-autonomous “Dominion” 148 years ago. IF there really was a day to celebrate “Canada Day” it would be 11 December 1931(look it up)

As long as there are Libranos there will be distortions of history, time and space.
commented 2015-07-01 12:45:49 -0400
Canada Day where in the city of Toronto desecrate this national holiday by a depriving parade where fathers and mothers bring their children to watch half dressed homosexuals parading up the street half dressed and doing lurid gestures These parents should be charged with child endangerment These gay queer, homosexual LGBO or what ever they call them selves are disgracing Dominion Day or Canada Day call it what you want, it is disgraceful. There should be a law against holding any parade on July 1st Canada Day other than to celebrate Canada’s Birthday. Liberalism is a mental disorder.
commented 2015-07-01 12:31:00 -0400
So Dominion day was dropped to appease the provice which constantly threatens separation from this “Dominion Of Canada”. Lieberals pandering for votes as usual!
commented 2015-07-01 11:24:50 -0400
Give us a place to stand and call this land The Dominion of Canada
Happy Dominion Day