CuriosityCat: From My Quotes Cupboard: The Feudal Power of Britain’s Justices of the Peace

Justice of the Peace, with folded hands Rural England, which was then three-fourths of England, was governed by the absolute patriarchal sway of the Justices of the Peace. Of county self-government there was none, till the establishment of County Councils in 1888… The Justices of the Peace absorbed more and more judicial and administrative functions, ...

Pample the Moose: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Political and the Partisan

The story about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ decision to pull Professor Strong-Boag’s blog post about International Women’s Day has continued to evolve since my post on the weekend.  The Winnipeg Free Press has published additional correspondance between the Museum and Strong-Boag.  On their side, the museum indicated that they did not want blog ...

Pample the Moose: Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Political and the Partisan

The story about the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ decision to pull Professor Strong-Boag’s blog post about International Women’s Day has continued to evolve since my post on the weekend.  The Winnipeg Free Press has published additional correspondance between the Museum and Strong-Boag.  On their side, the museum indicated that they did not want blog ...

Calgary Grit: The premier Premier

The Institute for Research on Public Policy ranks Peter Lougheed as Canada’s best Premier from the last 40 years. Rounding out the top 5: 1. Peter Lougheed 2. William Davis 3. Allan Blakeney 4. Frank McKenna 5. Robert Bourassa I ran a similar “best Premier” contest among blog readers back in 2007, March-Madness Style. Lougheed came out ...

Pample the Moose: New Directions in Political History – Post-Conference Observations

Last week, I attended a great conference on Canadian political history, held at York University (full disclosure, I was one of the organizers). About a hundred participants discussed a truly dazzling array of topics, ranging from the new citizenship guide to the welfare state, from gender to food policy, from the civil service to nationalism, ...

Pample the Moose: Canadian Political History Prizes / Prix en histoire politique canadienne

A few years ago, I helped organize and launch a Political History Group within the Canadian Historical Association. One of the group’s initial objectives was to promote the recognition of excellent scholarship in Canadian political history, and so last year we launched a series of three prizes – best book, best English-language article, and best ...

Pample the Moose: Canadian Political History Conference at York University

I’ve noticed that a number of people have landed at my site because many months ago I posted a call for papers for a Political History Conference at York University. The program for the conference “Transformation: State, Nation and Citizenship in a New Environment” is now online at the conference’s website. The conference will run ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Not quite the same situation

Curious to see Here and Now running a clip of Don Jamieson returning to lead the Liberal party in 1979 after Bill Rowe resigned. It’s not quite the same situation as the one Liberals and others in the political world are facing today. Kathy Dunderdale is no Brian Peckford, for starters. And that is a ...

Pample the Moose: Rating the Prime Ministers

Just a quick post to link to this Maclean’s article by Stephen Azzi and Norman Hillmer in which they discuss the results of a poll rating Canada’s Prime Ministers, past and present. Interesting to see Wilfrid Laurier topping the results this time around. There are a number of interesting quotes from Canadian political historians, both ...

Pample the Moose: Political History Conference CFP

I’ve been busy with the start of term lately, but figured it couldn’t hurt to give a bit of publicity to a conference I’m helping to organize. – MH CALL FOR PAPERS “Transformation: State, Nation, and Citizenship in a New Environment” A conference sponsored by the Avie Bennett Historica Chair in Canadian History, Department of ...