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PREFACE.

 

 

THE subject of Canadian history has been usually treated in the text-books authorized in elementary and secondary schools from a Provincial rather than a Dominion standpoint. Such works at best do not meet our present need, as they necessarily fail to give adequate recognition to all sections of the country, and as they often contain exaggerated notions of provincial matters. It was thought by many teachers that this mode of treatment should be changed and a wider view presented of the history and consolidation of the Dominion.

In 1889 the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers discussed the feasibility of preparing a history of Canada with this object in view, and in the following year the Teachers' Associations of Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, also considered the same subject. In July, 1891, representatives of the different provinces met at the Education Department in Toronto, for a further consideration of the question. Nevertheless, it was not until July, 1892, at the meeting of the Dominion Educational Association in Montreal, that a scheme was formulated for the preparation of a text-book by competition, and a committee was appointed to examine such manuscripts as might be offered. The committee consisted of Hon. George W. Ross, LL.D., Minister of Education for Ontario, Chairman ; and W. Pat' ^.n, M.A., B.C.L., Principal of Royal Arthur School, Montreal, Secretary, and the following representatives of the provinces and territories :—R. E. Gosnell, Esq., Provincial Librarian, Victoria, B.C.; D. J. Goggin, M.A., Superintendent of Education, Regina, N.V.T. ; D. McIntyre, M.A., Superintendent of Schools, Winnipeg, Man. ; W. J. Robertson, B. A., LL.B., Principal of the Collegiate Institute, St. Catharines, Ont.; Benjamin Suite, the well-known historian, Ottawa, Ont.; S. P. Robins, M .A., LL.D., Principal of McGill Normal School, Montreal; G. U. Hay, Ph. B., Principal of Victoria High School, St. John, N.B.; J. B. Hall, M.A., Ph.D., Professor of the Normal School,


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