Faux History

I omit grammatical errors (“the HMCS Rainbow”) or subjective editorial entries; “Our Century” features a two-page biography of Adrienne Clarkson, but just a single paragraph on the 1941 Battle of Hong Kong, the first Canadian combat mission of WWII rated so disastrous it provoked a Royal commission.

Following are ten embarrassing errors of historical fact:

1. “The Wartime Elections Act of 1917 extended the right to vote to all women in the armed forces, and to women who were related to military men. A year later, all Canadian women over the age of 21 received the right to vote” (page 460).
Wrong. Registed Indian women didn’t get the vote until 1960.

2. “The good times did not last forever. In 1957, a recession began that lasted until 1963” (page 220)
Wrong. There were brief recessions in 1957 and 1960, but economic growth in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1963.

3. “By 1917, the government came up with its third source of revenue: a direct tax, the first of its kind in Canada. The Income War Tax collected 3 percent of the gross earnings of a family that earned more than $3,000 a year” (page 67).
Incorrect. Prior to 1917 several Canadian cities enacted municipal income taxes. Toronto’s dated from 1894.

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