The essential requirement of “being Canadian”

(Canada) is our country as it must be the adopted country of the different peoples who come from around the globe, to make their way into its vast forests to build their homes and place their hopes. Like us, their paramount desire must be the happiness and prosperity of Canada. This is the heritage which they should endeavour to transmit to their descendents in this young and hospitable country.”

Louis LaFontaine, 1848

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