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A different dominion

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Bartley Kives has repeated the common belief that Dominion Day "referenced the nation's official status as existing under the dominion of the British Empire" (Maple syrup forever, June 28).

In fact, it referenced something quite different.

In the lead-up to Confederation, several possible names were considered, including Kingdom of Canada, favoured by Sir John A. Macdonald. It was New Brunswick's Leonard Tilley who chanced upon an evocative phrase while reading the Bible, Psalm 72: "He shall have dominion also from sea to sea."

So came into being the Dominion of Canada -- A Mari Usque ad Mare.

MARY STEINHOFF

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 2, 2014 A6

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