The history of politics in Carleton – a presentation by Shaun Peppy and the Goulbourn Township Historical Society

(Colonel George Thew Burke, aka Shaun Peppy and the Duke of Richmond, aka Robin Derrick on the Goulbourn Township Historical Society float in the Richmond parade.)

Shaun Peppy is a Richmond resident and former Vice-President of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society (GTHS), has two degrees in Political Science, and is a professional public servant having worked much of his career in Parliamentary Affairs.  Shaun can also be seen at local events in authentic costume as his alter-ego Colonel George Thew Burke (Carleton County’s 2nd elected representative from 1821-1828). With this broad experience, on November 25 Shaun will enlighten the audience with the history of politics in the Carleton riding.

(Shaun Peppy wears his authentic costume as his alter-ego, Colonel George Thew Burke.)

Shaun’s talk on Politics in Carleton will cover the political climate in Carleton from 1820 to the present. He will reveal our most colourful members of Parliament, some of whom effected important changes in the District; the various candidates and what they had to offer; and, the interesting elections that took place. It should be fascinating to hear how our past has informed our present.

Carleton County is bounded on the north by the Ottawa River, north-east by the county of Russell, south-east by the county of Dundas and the Rideau River, and on the south-west by the County of Lanark.

(Map of Carleton County.)

From the inception of Upper Canada until the 1960s, the former Goulbourn Township, found within Carleton County, played a fascinating and important part in the political history of Canada for over 200 years.

The riding of Carleton has had its own seat in the elected legislatures of Canada since 1820, following the establishment of the first settlements in the area. While the boundaries of the riding and its name have changed over the years, Carleton has been host to many colourful candidates, several of whom have been key figures in Canadian history. During any federal election, there have been times when the issues debated were of a very local nature and others when Carleton was swept up in the national issues of the day.

Register for this presentation of our former Township’s political history at this link that takes place on Thursday, November 25 at 7:00pm.


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