Harper to G20: Canada has 'no history of colonialism'
Stephen Harper has a controversial vision for Canada's future but that is less worrying than his dubious sense of the country's history. This week he said:
"We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them," he said.
It really wouldn't have taken Mr. Harper long to brush up on the basics. Wikipedia opens its entry on Canada with:
The history of Canada begins with the arrival of human beings thousands of years ago. Inhabited for millennia by aboriginal peoples, Canada has evolved from a group of French and British colonies into a bilingual, multicultural federation. France sent the first large group of settlers in the 17th century, but ceded its territories in present-day Canada to Great Britain in 1763. The present constitution of Canada took effect in 1867, with three British colonies uniting as a single nation of four provinces. Canada gradually attained full independence from Britain during the 20th century, and it presently consists of ten provinces and three territories.
What an embarrassment .