The Day the British Army Left Quebec

The Day the British Army Left Quebec


Connecting through culture: The Day the British Army Left and Canada was Almost Lost

Jack_Bryden_British_leaving_QuebecQuebec City, February 18, 2014 – The British Army left Quebec on November 11, 1871, with barely a word of notice. Even Prime Minister John A. MacDonald and George-Étienne Cartier were surprised. The army left almost everything behind: weapons, blankets and empty barracks inside and outside the city’s walls. Why did they leave, especially when it was such a critical time for the Dominion? History buff, Jack Bryden will respond to this and many other questions in a fascinating presentation about a period when the country was threatened by the United States and couldn’t afford to lose the support of the British Army.

About the host

Jack Bryden is a recently retired employee of the BC Ministry of Environment in Victoria. While working with the Ministry, Jack was seconded for a year to instruct engineering and public health graduate students about environmental legislation. Jack is also past-president of the BC Water and Waste Association, an organization with 4,400 members. His passion for history, experience presenting and organizing conferences, and many years of volunteer work brought Jack to the Morrin Centre where he will be giving his second talk in Quebec City. A fifth generation British Columbian, Jack and his wife Britta presently divide their time between residences in Victoria and Quebec City.

Don’t miss this talk to be held at the Morrin Centre on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information or to reserve your seat, call 418-694-9147418-694-9147 or visit

Morrin_Centre_Library_QuebecAbout the Morrin Centre

The Morrin Centre is an English-language cultural centre that promotes the heritage of the English-speaking community of Quebec City, fosters cultural exchange and offers a wide range of activities including library services, guided tours, readings by prominent authors, writing workshops, a writers’ festival and much more. This 200 year-old building, listed as a National Historic Site, is managed by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

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