'Dominion': A Lament

The Dorchester Review, Autumn/Winter 2015

7 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2016 Last revised: 1 Jul 2016

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James Bowden

Parks Canada; Carleton University

Date Written: January 6, 2016


1951-1982: The Death of the Dominion of Canada.

This article shows how the "Dominion of Canada" as a name for the country and "Dominion" as a metonym for the federal government in Canada and for the country itself fell out of usage in the mid-20th century.

It focuses primarily on the policy decisions made by the Parliament of Canada and the Government of Canada between 1951 and 1982, from when Prime Minister St. Laurent made his official policy replacing "Dominion" with "Canada" whenever statutes came up for their periodic review and consolidation, to when the Parliament of Canada altered the name of the country's national day from "Dominion Day" to "Canada Day."

Suggested Citation

Bowden, James, 'Dominion': A Lament (January 6, 2016). The Dorchester Review, Autumn/Winter 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2711855

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