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Even after the Conservatives took the helm in Ottawa, they left most ‘liberal’ concerns alone. Harper and his posse may not be the number-one fans of pot-smoking gays who want to get married, but heck, why bother changing now? Canada likes to think of itself as peaceable, and it keeps its military involvement fairly low-key. The country has a total of 2900 troops overseas, with most of those in Afghanistan working for the NATO-led International Assistance Security Force. As of August 2007, 70 soldiers had died in the operation.

This one was a real cliff-hanger: Québecois decided by 52,000 votes – a razor-thin majority of less than 1% – to remain within Canada. The voices of separatism seemed silenced, especially after the PQ lost its decade-long grip on power to Jean Charest’s Liberals in the 2003 Québec elections. But the movement made a fairly strong showing once again in 2004’s national elections. 9%. Separatism, it seems, is likely to stay on Québec’s – and by extension, Canada’s – agenda for some time to come. British Columbia (BC), created in 1866 by merging the colonies of New Caledonia and Vancouver Island, was the next frontier.

It was the Beothuk Aboriginals and their ceremonially ochre-coated faces who were dubbed ‘red men’ by arriving Europeans, a name soon applied to all of North America’s indigenous groups. The action heated up again in the late 15th century. In 1492, backed by the Spanish crown, Christopher Columbus went searching for a western sea route to Asia and instead stumbled upon some small islands in the Bahamas. Other European monarchs, excited by his ‘discovery,’ quickly sponsored expeditions of their own.

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