Our History Erased From New Passports






It's a kind of narcissism to erase the events and accomplishments of the generations that built this country and focus on the me here and now. But it's hard to reconcile the hodgepodge of generic images in the newly designed Canadian passports that have been used to replace the iconic historical pictures that were in the old passport. Some of the differences are below. Not all of the new pages have been announced but it is safe to say that Canadian history will not appear in any of them.













The North-West Mounted Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Boy jumping in water and canoe

The Last Spike, completion of the Canadian transcontinental railway in 1885


Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France commemorating a pivotal battle by the Canadian army in World War I

Children in a field with corn and pumpkins

Nelly McLung, women s vote activist and Terry Fox, who ran across the country on one leg for cancer research on his Marathon of Hope

Owl and children playing in the snow

Billy Bishop, World War I flying ace, Canadian infantry, Korean War

A wheelbarrow and a squirrel