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A Grateful American Expat Takes A Closer Look At His Adopted Country

by William Thomas 

JULY 1st, 1867:

On this day, the British North America Act created a confederacy in the Americas devoted not to breaking away from England as the Americans had done, but to “maintaining the interests of the British Empire” – as Canada’s “founding constitution makes explicit.”

     So writes renowned Canadian historian, Matthew Ehret, Editor-in-Chief the Canadian Patriot Review, author of the three-volume, Untold History of Canada.

     As a British Empire loyalist, Lord Alfred Milner worried over what Ehret calls, “the existential threat of losing economic control of Canada to an America which had still not been re-conquered.”

     In 1909, Lord Milner mused: “As between the three possibilities of the future: 1. Closer Imperial Union, 2. Union with the U.S. and 3. Independence, I believe definitely that No. 2 is the real danger. I do not think the Canadians themselves are aware of it… they are wonderfully immature in political reflection on the big issues, and hardly realise how powerful the influences are. 

Laurier Liberals


“On the other hand,” Milner doubled down on his insult, “I see little danger to ultimate imperial unity in Canadian ‘nationalism’. On the contrary I think the very same sentiment makes a great many especially of the younger Canadians vigorously, and even bumptuously, assertive of their independence, proud and boastful of the greatness and future of their country, and so forth, would lend themselves, tactfully handled, to an enthusiastic acceptance of Imperial unity on the basis of ‘partner-states’.”

     Tactfully handled!

     Which brings us to an Abe “Lincoln-loving lawyer” named Wilfrid Laurier, who became Prime Minister from 1896-1911. The much-lauded Laurier, “often behaved as an uncooperative thorn in British colonial designs,” Ehret approvingly observes.



But Laurier was no fan of American annexation, either. (Unless it was other way around.) Instead, the prime minister “desired that Canada become an independent republic free of British intrigues and friend of a pro-development version of America then much more alive than the Anglo-American beast which has run roughshod over the world in recent decades.”

Secretive Round Table sought to keep Canada in the British Empire

Secretive Round Table sought to keep Canada in the British Empire

“Laurier was able to finalize his long-sought for Reciprocity Treaty with the USA in 1911 – Milner’s worst fear. Before it could be acted upon however, an orchestrated overthrow of his government was affected by the Masonic Orange Order and Round Table Group.”

    Whoa! Masons? Secret Round Table coup?  

     As Laurier “ominously” revealed a few years hence: “Canada is now governed by a junta sitting at London, known as ‘The Round Table’, with ramifications in Toronto, in Winnipeg, in Victoria, with Tories and Grits receiving their ideas from London and insidiously forcing them on their respective parties.”

     Meanwhile, in proudly troublesome Quebec, “the fascist Nazi Adrian Arcand was set up to take power, on the Federal level,” Ehret reminds us all. 

     The spoiler? 

     Franklin Delano Roosevelt.



“By rejecting fascism, FDR thwarted a bankers dictatorship and forced through a revolutionary reform in banking that put a leash on the financial elite while forcing public credit to serve the Common Good through vast New Deal megaprojects. 

     “These positive effects were felt strongly in Canada and soon the 'Laurier Liberals' took back power and in 1937, nationalized the Bank of Canada (previously modelled on the private Central Bank of England in 1934).”

    As Prime Minister Mackenzie King explained: “Once a nation parts with the control of its currency and credit, it matters not who makes the nation’s laws. Usury, once in control, will wreck any nation. Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talk of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile.”

     Got that right, dude! Right up to the part when the central banks really took covid control away from Ottawa. 

    Yet, here we all are: July 1, 20 by God 20! Despite stunning graft, actual felonies, near-treason, and sometimes spectacular mismanagement under a dizzying succession of prime ministers who really wanted to be an uppercase President (one of whom startled me by referring to the “governor of Alberta” on CBC radio, before hastily correcting himself) – Canada carries on, tarsands, political scandals and all under, “a shiny new maple leaf flag which unlike most national flags, featured symbolism that signified absolutely nothing whatsoever.”

     Thank heavens. When this newly “resigned” navy reservist drove across the border into Windsor in 1970 and saw my first Canadian flag, I burst out laughing – in absolute delight. My first thought: Who would kill for a Maple Leaf?


“For those who want to raise a glass to Canada on July 1st,” Matthew Ehret recommends “we take the time to raise a glass to the lives of those great statesmen Louis-Joseph Papineau, Isaac Buchanan, Wilfrid Laurier, O.D. Skelton, C.D. Howe, W.A.C. Bennett, John Diefenbaker and Daniel Johnson Sr, who sacrificed their comfort, reputations and sometimes even their lives to bring Canada even just a few steps closer to attaining true independence of the British Empire.”

     Followed by a toast to Franklin D. Roosevelt, the president who helped ensure Canada’s independence.

     The question now, Ehret remarks: “As the spirit of Lincoln, Alexander II, FDR and Sun Yat-sen is revived in today’s Belt and Road Initiative and broader Multipolar Alliance led by Russia and China, Canada will again be forced to confront an existential choice: Will we make the right one?”

     Put another way…

     “From a global point of view,” writes Paul Schmutz Schaller from Switzerland, also for The Saker Blog, “the most important political question is certainly whether you stay on the side of the USA/Western hegemonism or whether you stay on the side of China, Russia, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, or, in short, of a post-Western world.”

     Hoping that fractious myopic gorilla to the south doesn’t lash out in every direction, Ottawa has long made its choice. But hope is not a reliable strategy. And this day might be a good one to rethink such often unqualified allegiance.

     “Obviously,” Schaller submits, “the Western model is declining. ‘Everybody’ speaks of the 21st century as the Asian century. All trends show that Asia will become – and by far – the continent with the strongest economy. And it is already clear that the Western model does not play – and will not play – a central role in Asia. All countries will have to adapt to this shift.” 

     Whither Canada? 

     The perpetual Independence Day question.

Oh Canada flag


This article is primarily inspired by and derived from “A Canada Day Surprise” by Matthew Ehret, writing for the always outstanding Saker Blog. (click link to read in entirety)

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