Commissions High: Canada in London, 1870-1971

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MQUP, Jul 27, 2006 - History - 567 pages
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Commissions High is an account of the work of the Canadian High Commission from 1870 until Britain's entry into the European Common Market one hundred years later. Roy MacLaren argues that, until the defeat of Diefenbaker in 1963, there was tension between the forces of imperial (later Commonwealth) solidarity and those of localized nationalism. Commissions High explores how localized nationalism led Canadian politicians to resist British efforts to centralize imperial decision-making and shows how the weakening of Commonwealth and transatlantic bonds following World War II contributed to Britain's focus on Europe and to the increasing domination of Canada by the United States.

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Roy MacLaren was high commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from 1996 to 2000. He spent twelve years in the Canadian Foreign Service and served as parliamentary secretary for Energy, Mines, and Resources and minister of Natio

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