Extracts from The Canada Gazette and The Citizen on Dominion Day

EXTRACT FROM The Canada Gazette published by Authority, Ottawa, Saturday, June 20, 1868


By His Excellency the Right Honourable Charles Stanley Viscount Monck, Baron Monck of Ballytrammon, in the County of Wexford, in the Peerage of Ireland, and Baron Monck of Ballytrammon, in the County of Wexford, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Governor General of Canada, &c., &c., &c.

To all to whom these presents shall come, or whom the same may concern -- GREETING:

JOHN A. MACDONALD, Min. of Justice.

WHEREAS by Royal Proclamation dated at Windsor Castle on the 22nd day of May, in the year of our Lord 1867, Her Most Gracious Majesty did ordain, declare, and command, that on and after the 1st day of July, 1867, the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick should form and be one Dominion under the name of Canada;

AND WHEREAS the anniversary of the formation of the Dominion of Canada falls upon Wednesday, the 1st day of July next ensuing:

AND WHEREAS it is meet and proper that the said Anniversary should be observed and kept;

NOW KNOW YE, that I, Charles Stanley Viscount Monck, Governor General of Canada, do hereby proclaim and appoint WEDNESDAY, the FIRST day of JULY next, as the day on which the Anniversary of the formation of the Dominion of Canada be duly celebrated. And I do hereby enjoin and call upon all Her Majesty's loving subjects throughout Canada to join in the due and proper celebration of the said Anniversary on the said FIRST day of JULY next.

Given under my Hand and Seal at Arms, at the Government House, in the

CITY of OTTAWA, in the said Dominion, this TWENTIETH day of JUNE, in the year of Our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-eight and in the thirty-first year of Her Majesty's Reign.



HECTOR L. LANGEVIN, Secretary of State

The Dominion Day Act, 1879

(as printed in Revised Statutes of Canada, 1886, Chapter III)

  1. Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the first day of July, not being a Sunday, shall be a legal holiday, and shall be kept and observed as such, under the name of "Dominion Day". 42V., c.47, s.l.
  2. When the first day of July is a Sunday, the second day of July shall be, in lieu thereof, throughout Canada, a legal holiday and shall be kept and observed as such under the same name. 42V., c.47, s.2.

The Dominion Day Act, c.88, in the Revised Statutes of 1952, shows only two changes: The inverted commas are omitted, and the concluding words are "under the name of Dominion Day" instead of "under the same name".

Newspaper reports on Dominion Day 1879

The Ottawa Citizen, July 2, 1879 reported as follows on events at Ottawa. On Page 4, under the headlines - Our National Holiday - How it was observed - Picnics, cricket matches - the report says:

"Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of the confederation of the several Provinces of the Dominion, and the day was, of course, observed as a general holiday. Our citizens tore themselves away from the dust and heat of the city. No public demonstration was arranged."

Under the date-line July 1

at Toronto the report says:

"Dominion day passed off very quietly,
Citizens swarmed out the city by boat and rail;"

and at Quebec City:

"Numbers of people are leaving the city by almost every boat for seaside resorts."

EXTRACT FROM The Canada Gazette Published by Authority Ottawa, Saturday, June 16, 1917 (page 4408)




GEORGE THE FIFTH, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great

Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.

To all to whom these presents shall come, or whom the same may in anywise concern, -- GREETING:



Deputy Minister of Justice


WHEREAS the first day of July next, being Dominion Day, falls upon a Sunday, and furthermore the said day in this present year marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Confederation of Our Dominion of Canada, We deem it expedient that the following day, Monday, the second day of the said month of July, be appointed and set apart for the celebration of Dominion Day, and for the special celebration of the said Anniversary,-

NOW KNOW YE that by and with the advice of Our Privy Council for Canada We do proclaim and declare by this our Proclamation that Monday, the second day of July next be and is hereby appointed for the celebration in this present year of Dominion Day and for the special celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Confederation of Our Dominion of Canada.

Of all which Our loving subjects and all others whom these presents may concern, are hereby required to take notice and to govern themselves accordingly.

In Testimony Whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patent, and the Great Seal of Canada to be hereunto affixed. WITNESS: Our Right Trusty and Right Entirely Beloved Cousin and Counsellor, Victor Christian William, Duke of Devonshire, Marquess of Hartington, Earl of Devonshire, Earl of Burlington, Baron Cavendish of Hardwicke, Baron Cavendish of Keighley, Knight of Our Most Noble Order of the Garter; One of Our Most Honourable Privy Council; Knight Grand Cross of Our Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George; Knight Grand Cross of Our Royal Victorian Order, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Our Dominion of Canada.

At our Government House, in Our City of OTTAWA, this SIXTH day of JUNE, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventeen, and in the eighth year of our Reign.

By Command,

Thomas Mulvey,

Under-Secretary of State.

The Citizen, Ottawa, Monday, July 2, 1917

Events of Sunday, July 1, 1917

p. 1. Messages of congratulation to Governor General
p. 5. Erection of new flagstaff on Printing Bureau
p. 8. Special sermons in churches.

The Citizen, Ottawa, Tuesday, July 3, 1917

Events of Monday, July 2, 1917

p.1. Semi-centennial celebrated by ceremony at 12 noon on Parliament Hill, Ottawa.

New Parliament building, under construction, dedicated as a memorial to confederation fathers and to the valour of Canadians fighting in front line.

Ceremony attended by Governor General, members of Government, senators, M.P.s., judiciary, Defence personnel, clergy, etc.

Special dais & the new building decorated with British, French & U.S. & allied flags.

Speeches by Governor General, the Duke of Devonshire; the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Borden;

Leader of Opposition, Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Arrangements for the ceremony were made by the Minister of Trade &

Commerce. The Right Honourable Sir George Foster, head of the semi-centennial parliamentary committee, and were carried out by the Officer Commanding the Ottawa Garrison, Col. S. Maynard Rogers, the head of the Dominion Police, Sir Percy Sherwood and by the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Colonel E.J. Chambers.

When the Governor General concluded his speech, the choir sang

"O Canada" and the Governor General touched a button releasing a Union Jack to unveil the following inscription carved on the central pillar of Confederation Hall inside the main entrance of the Parliament Buildings.

July 1917
On the fiftieth anniversary of the confederation of British Colonies in North America as the Dominion of Canada the Parliament and people dedicated this building in process of reconstruction after damage by fire, on February 3, 1916 as a memorial of the deeds of their Forefathers and of the valour of those Canadians who in the Great War fought for the Liberties of Canada of the Empire and of Humanity

Taking part in the ceremony were 7 military units which paraded to

Parliament Hill at 11 o'clock; 250 veterans, Dominion police, city police, fire brigade, boy scouts and girl guides,

March past, Governor General took salute.

On platform in addition to above were some deputy Ministers, Sheriff, and aldermen.

p.7. Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Dominion of Canada held at Westminster Abbey, London, attended by the King and Queen, Queen Alexandra and Princess Patricia accompanied by Sir George Perley, Minister for Canadian Overseas Forces, London and General Sir Richard Turner O/C Canadian Troops. The King faced Wolfe's monument draped with flags of Canadian troops overseas.

Service opened with "O Canada"; address by the Dean of Westminster, Doxology, Kipling's recessional, The Maple Leafs, and National anthem. Guard of Honour inspected by the King; Queen received flowers from widows and mothers of Canadian troops.

Parade & celebration were held in Toronto and Welland.

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