No doubt, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are determined to create a Canadian nationalism that is both socially conservative and loyal to the monarchy. And to the British Empire. Their key strategy is to radically revise history and suppress certain moments that do not identify with past Conservative leaders. This penchant for naked revisionism has led to a molestation of the historic moment, on April 17, 1982, when Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the Constitution Act of 1982.
The photo above is part of an ongoing exhibition of images commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which is above the Ottawa Locks, by the Fairmont Château Laurier. The caption reads: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, signs the Constitution Act, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON, April 17, 1982. Unnamed is the seated man on the Queen’s right: Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.