The Albert County Historical Society invites you and your family to take part in a special program that begins with Canada Day on Thursday, July 1st and ends with RB Bennett Day on Saturday, July 3rd. We will welcome visitors from New Brunswick and the Atlantic Bubble in recognition of Canada’s 11th Prime Minister and the 90th Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster, which forever changed Canada’s role in the British Commonwealth.
When Prime Minister Bennett signed the Statute of West- minster in 1931, Canada gained its independence from Britain. Canada acquired formal control over its external affairs and the British laws no longer applied to Canada (with the notable exception of the British North America Act of 1867). After signing the Statute of Westminster, RB Bennett said, "I realize that this is the culmination of a long, long effort that has been made since we were a colony, to become the self-governing Dominion."