Celebrating Canada’s 100th birthday, 1967

Cold winters, teenage sex talk, Toronto’s drink problem and quite a lot of gently sarcastic sneering

The Observer Magazine of 25 June 1967 celebrated Canada’s official 100th birthday, though its claim that it had ‘suddenly got a new international glamour’ – referring to the 1967 World Fair and the Queen’s impending visit – was a stretch (‘Suddenly, after 99 lost years’).

Canada had been born of the British North America Act 1867, but it was hardly world news: ‘It was passed in an almost empty House of Commons, which then filled up for a lively debate on a dog tax bill.’

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