I'm starting to do some research on Canadian history. This is a surprising topic to me as an ignorant American. I got a stack of Canadian history books out of the local library here, and read as a first pass the "Canadian History for Dummies" by Will Ferguson (2nd ed, 2005). Apparently Ferguson is a humorous political commentator so I'm not sure how good is his grasp of history. American history is pretty straight-forward: we tossed out the Brits, took all the Indians' land, and became fabulously wealthy. The Canadians did none of these things, and their history is much more confusing to a foreigner. I hadn't realized that the Canadians had only ditched the Red Ensign (UK merchant fleet flag) for the Maple Leaf flag when I was about 6 years old. I hadn't realized that the Canadians needed to get permission from the British Parliament for any amendments to their own Constitution, and that the Meech Lake accord was primarily an attempt at solving this problem. There is much I need to learn. So if anyone has some suggestions for subsequent reading, please let me know.