The Dorchester Review

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The Dorchester Review
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Editor C. P. Champion
Categories History and culture
Frequency Semi-annual
Circulation 800
Founder C. P. Champion
First issue June 1, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-06-01)
Country Canada
Based in Ottawa
Language English
ISSN 1925-7600

The Dorchester Review is a bi-annual magazine of history and historical commentary, for the thoughtful general reader, founded in 2011 and published in Ottawa, Canada. The magazine describes its agenda as a non-partisan outlet for "elements of tradition and culture inherent to Canadian experience that fail to conform to a stridently progressivist narrative."[1]


The journal is named after Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, Governor of the Province of Quebec and British North America. The choice of "a bewigged British soldier, an ...unapologetic colonial governor from the pre-democratic era" is intended to underscore the journal's belief that "history consists of more than a parade of secular modern progressives."[1] Its core readership consists of 50% professionals and businesspeople, 10% academics, 15-20% politicians, and 20-25% eclectic readers.[2]

Editorial stance

National Post columnist Barbara Kay described the Dorchester Review as "politically incorrect and iconoclastic" writing which resists "the prevailing progressivist view that historians must choose between a right and wrong side of history," without catering to a specific ideology. Jonathan Kay has described it as "the only high-level publication in Canada that examines our history and traditions without even a passing nod to academic fashions and identity politics."[2] The Literary Review of Canada cited The Dorchester Review among works that "might...prompt readers to rethink the way in which not all liberals are Liberals and not all conservatives sound like the Conservatives."[3] Former Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper was observed reading the journal in Canada's House of Commons, contributing to its image as a right-wing publication.[2]

Founding editor C.P. Champion is a historian and former senior advisor to Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney. Champion wrote The Strange Demise of British Canada (2010) about Canadian politics from 1964-1968 and the evolution of a "Canadian ideology" from the 19th century to the 1960s.[4]

In 2017, Champion testified before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on the topic of Bill C-210, an Act to Amend the National Anthem Act. Champion defended the original O Canada lyrics ("in all thy sons command") and criticized the proposed substitute ("in all of us command"), stating that "in all of us" appears nowhere in literature save in Kurt Cobain's suicide note.[5]

Notable contributors

See also


  1. ^ a b "The Dorchester Review — About". The Dorchester Review. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Dorchester Review — the little magazine that can". National Post. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Jerry White (June 2013). "Political Inheritance". Literary Review of Canada. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  4. ^ Champion, Christian P (2010). The Strange Demise of British Canada: The Liberals and Canadian Nationalism, 1964-1968. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press. ISBN 978-0-7735-3691-3. 
  5. ^ Alex Marshall (9 April 2017). "Is O Canada sexist – and does it need a rewrite?". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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