Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
The "Canada First" Movement
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004
This structure, at 303 Bay Street, has an Archaeological and Historic Sites Board plaque attached to the wall beside the front door. Here's what it says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.649499 -79.380480
Originating in Ottawa, in 1868, with informal meetings of a few youthful patriots, 'Canada First' was the name and slogan of a movement to promote nationalist sentiment. Its founding members were Charles Mair, Henry Morgan, William Foster, G.T. Denison and R.G. Haliburton. Two years later the movement created the northwest Emigration Aid Society to encourage British immigration. In 1874 the group, now centred in Toronto, established "The Nation", a weekly journal, entered politics as the Canadian National Association, and founded the National Club as its rallying place. By then 'Canada First' had the support of such influential figures as Edward Blake and Goldwin Smith. Though the movement's political influence soon waned, its expression of a popular Canadian ideal had enduring significance.
> Posted Monday, February 16, 2009
I have a copy of a Canada First paper that was printed in Montreal, August 26, 1882. It is in very poor condition as it is printed on what appears to be very fragile black paper with white print. It is labeled Edition one, volume 32. Can anyone please provide me with some information about my paper.
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