LGen The Hon. Roméo Dallaire (retired)

Roméo Dallaire served in the Canadian Forces for thirty-five years before becoming a Senator. The Hon. Roméo Dallaire, explains how Canada developed as a nation under the French and British colonial powers. He also addresses Canada's rich history.

Royal Ontario Museum
Lt.Gen. Roméo Dallaire, Senator

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The nation has a depth to it that often we ourselves denigrate or don’t even realize. We tend to like to look at European history and we’re often bombarded by American history. But our history is a reality also, it has seen its ups and downs and its maneuverings and it's been more or less independent even as much as the ancient régime of the French was fairly independent from France it had its sort of way of thinking and what it wanted to do. The conquest of 1759 brought a major shift in how the future structures of the nation will be. However the enlightened English presence as a colonial power, at the time, of permitting language and religion to the French Canadians and as we move though the years including the 1837 revolts of representation and, eh, not limited by language, or certainly not by religion permitted this nation to progress without having a whole bunch of barriers from the old countries being over imposing. I’m not saying they weren’t there but they were not imposing.

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