Thomas Peace: Tories gear up for (historical) war

National Post | Full Comment

Earlier this month, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage decided to launch a “comprehensive review of significant aspects in Canadian history.” Their initial terms of reference were to focus on provincial education systems; municipal, provincial, and federal heritage programs; and specific historical topics. After much criticism, they will no longer examine provincial education systems.

It’s nice to see that the government, who forms a majority of this parliamentary committee, has such interest in our country’s past, the study’s terms of reference directly reflect the Conservative government’s desire to manage Canada’s past and reverse the outcome of a two-decade long debate among historians.

The committee, whose study began last week, has a relatively narrow purview. Primarily, they want to learn about Confederation and the constitution, suffrage, the key battles during the World Wars, the Korean War, peacekeeping, and Afghanistan. They plan to consult eye-witnesses, national museum staff and the broadcasting industry…

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