Originally posted to Gibralter, he was soon re-assigned to Lower Canada at his request. Apparently he couldn't take the hot Mediterranean climate (a man after my own heart). He ended up staying in Canada for nine years from 1791 to 1800. He would be the first royal to spend more than a brief period in what was to become Canada. As a result he has left a lasting legacy on Canada.
"Part then in peace. Let me hear no more of the odious distinction of English and French. You are all His Britannic Majesty's beloved Canadian subjects."
It is often taken for granted today that 'Canadian' is a civic, not ethnic, term that includes everyone in Canada rather than a single group. In 1792 that was not the case. Canadian (or Canadien) meant the French of Lower Canada exclusively. Prince Edward's remark is the first recorded use of Canadian in a civic sense. This makes him in a way the father of Canada as we know it.
colonies. Prince Edward supported the idea and offered comments and critiques that would later be cited during the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences (1864).
In terms of physical contributions he was responsible for several important building projects in Halifax after he moved there in 1794. Much like his future descendent Prince Charles he had an interest in architecture. In this case, Halifax's lack of notable structures. Halifax's Citadel Clock Tower and St.George’s Round Church were two notable structures he helped construct.
Father of the Canadian Crown is a fitting sobriquet.
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