Author's Note: Here's a series of chronicles depicting the world of my Dimension One series, a series that also consists of my Coolsville Central series on FanFiction.
Basically, this story consists of descriptions of a series of world events that took place in the world of Dimension One, events that most of which are fictionalized versions of world events that took place in real-life.
World events includes, but are not limited to, political events, natural disasters, completion of major construction projects and conflicts.
And as stated in my disclaimer of my stories, all real-life locations depicted in this story are FICTIONALIZED.
Chapter 1: The day after a historical election
September 5, 1984
The previous day's election marked the end of an era in Canadian federal politics.
The election results were buzzing all over all form of news media across the country, ranging from radio and television to newspapers, and the results can be heard in every corner of the country, from a small fishing village somewhere in Newfoundland to the bustling activity of downtown Toronto and a remote village located couple hours north of Yellowknife.
Among the people who heard the election results was a certain man named Terrence Briggs, who had recently retired from his long-time job as an aerospace engineer after thirty years working at Avro Canada.
In his thirty years working at Avro Canada, Briggs was part of the project group responsible for the initial design of the Avro CF-105A Arrow, which entered service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1959, in spite of doubts from the Diefenbaker Progressive Conservative government regarding the worthiness of the Canadian-built supersonic fighter jet.
In spite of early doubts, the supersonic fighter jet eventually proved itself and the RCAF ordered two more dozen of the fighters.
Briggs also oversaw several overseas orders of the Canadian-built fighter jet.
In addition to the RCAF and the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Air Arm, the Royal Dutch Air Force, the Royal Air Force and the Indian Air Force began ordering the fighter jet and the Arrow eventually became a major competitor on the world stage against the Lockheed-built F-104 Starfighter.
By 1965, Briggs was responsible for approving the design of the new CF-105B, which became a second-generation variant to the original Avro Arrow when it entered service with the RCAF in 1967.
That was the year Canada celebrated its Centennial, which also saw Montreal hosting Expo 67, an event that was overshadowed by the visiting French President Charles de Gaulle making his infamous "Vive le Québec libre!" speech at Montreal City Hall that summer.
It was a speech that caused outrage in Canadian government circles, and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson was among the Canadian officials that criticized the speech, which also came at a time when relations between French and English Canada was reaching a boiling point with Québec's Quiet Revolution.
Anyways, fast forward to the 1970s, Briggs later oversaw the project team that designed the third generation variant to the Avro Arrow in the form of the CF-105C, which entered service with the RCAF in 1979.
That was the same variant of the Avro Arrow that became the focal point of a controversy dogging the government of Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Liberals when it went on the campaign trail for the 1979 election, where the secrecy surrounding the government's decision to approve the Republic of China Air Force's order of the CF-105C caused significant controversy.
Although the arms sales itself was not unusual, considering the fact that the 1970s was marked by western nations, particularly the United States, normalizing diplomatic relations with China, the secrecy behind the government's approval of the arms sales caused quite the concern with the public, especially since there are many in Canada that still viewed the government of the Republic of China with wariness.
It was a wariness that began in the 1950s, after prolonged fighting of the Chinese Civil War ended with a ceasefire between the Nationalists, the Communists and the Third Power, a side that consisted of largely moderates from both sides, those that wanted a social democratic peaceful government for China.
It was the Third Power that eventually emerged victoriously in the 1953 peace talks that ended the civil war and the elections that followed.
However, there were concerns among the western circles that the Soviets may have infiltrated the high-ranking circles of the Chinese Third Power, especially in Canada and the U.S. in particular with the Gouzenko affair still fresh in the minds of many.
And with China the most-populous country on the planet and its strategic assets, the U.S. in particular was growing concerned that the Soviets may utilize the peaceful social democratic government of China as a means to further expand its influence around the globe.
With the Cold War winding up, the ceasefire that ended hostilities in the Korean War and fighting in former French Indochina, the U.S. has reasons to fear that if the Soviets succeed in turning China, then it will certainly mean the end of its interests in the country.
Anyways, not long after the Democratic Socialist Party won the presidential and parliamentary elections in China in 1956, accusations of vote-rigging from the opposition Nationalists came forward, and then a military coup was initiated.
However, the coup-plotters efforts to overthrow the government in Nanking fell through, as government loyalists and anti-coup protesters staged massive rallies in support of the newly-elected president, and a series of investigations ultimately saw supporters of the coup within the military removed from their positions.
It was also during the investigations that uncovered the CIA's role in staging the coup, similar in style to the ones staged in Iran in 1953 and Guatemala in 1954, and in spite of Washington disavowing the actions of the coup plotters, relations between Nanking and Washington were irreparably damaged as Nanking ordered the expulsion of diplomatic staff in the U.S Embassy.
The years that followed the failed coup saw several western nations, for the most part, following the U.S lead in distancing themselves from the Chinese government, though all of this occurred as relations between Moscow and Nanking also began to deteriorate.
Anyways, while the Canadian government eventually moved full speed ahead in enhancing its diplomatic ties with Nanking, it wasn't without reservation from the public who felt that the Chinese people made foolish choices in electing successive left-leaning governments that could've been Soviet agents working to pit the country against the West, hence the controversy over the secretive nature of the Avro Arrow sales to the Chinese air force in 1978.
The 1979 federal election brought in a minority Progressive Conservative government under the leadership of Joe Clark, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau considered resigning as Liberal leader afterwards.
However, the PC government's efforts to pass its budget through Parliament fell through when the opposition NDP and Liberals teamed up and, with the help of absentations from the Social Credits, introduced a vote of no-confidence that eventually went through, ultimately triggering a new election barely a year after.
It was a federal election that installed another Liberal majority government under the premiership of Pierre Trudeau, though it was also one that came not long before Québec's 1980 independence referendum.
Like most Canadians across the country, Briggs watched the referendum results closely and was relieved by the Non side's victory with 60 % of the vote.
In the years that followed, Briggs followed the Liberal government's efforts to patriate the Constitution, which included negotiating with the provinces that were opposed to Ottawa unilaterally patriate the constitution and facing other challenges, most-notably Senate reform, on top of implementing electoral reform.
The big controversy surrounding Senate reform was provincial representation. While all the provinces agreed that the upper chamber should become an elected body like the House of Commons, representation for the provinces was a major source of disagreement.
Since Canada's formation, the Senate of Canada always had its representation divided up based on regions, where by 1975, each of the four regions of Canada (Western, Ontario, Québec and Maritime) were represented by 24 Senators while each of the three territories (Yukon, the Northwest Territories and the Canadian Capital Territory) were represented by 1 Senator.
As the Senate reform debate rolled along the process of patriation, so did the disagreements on the seating representation. Some of the provinces wanted equal representation for all provinces while others prefered the existing system of representation by region.
It was during a meeting of first ministers that eventually led to an agreement regarding the process of amending the constitution, in addition to how the Senate is to be reformed.
At the time of the patriation, the Senate has 104 seats total, and as part of the agreement, that number of seats in the Red Chamber will be increased to 120.
As a compromise, each of the ten provinces will be represented by six senators each, regardless of population. Both Yukon and NWT are each represented by three senators and the CCT represented by two, bringing the number up to 68 seats.
The remaining 52 seats are elected by region and at-large, where each region is represented by an additional six seats each and the remaining 28 seats elected at-large, ten of which are reserved and elected by the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
It was a compromise that nine of the ten provinces agreed to, in addition to the agreement on amending the Constitution. The province that refused to sign onto the agreements: Québec.
In spite of Québec Premier René Lévesque's opposition, the Constitution was fully patriated and Senate and electoral reform achieved, and with that, the 1984 federal election was bound to become a historical election, especially not long after Pierre Trudeau retired and was replaced by John Turner.
The 1984 federal election was the first election where Senate seats are up for grabs by voters, and it was the first election where seats of the House of Commons are elected through the newly-implemented instant-runoff voting system.
Briggs, who resides in Vancouver but was travelling during the past two weeks, had voted in the advanced polling stations several weeks prior.
At the polling station, he noted that in addition to voting for the MP representing his riding, he was also voting for the six senators representing British Columbia and another six representing Western Region, where the candidates on the ballot are ranked as per the single transferable voting system, and the 18 at-large senators nationwide, where the parties are ranked instead of the candidates.
Following his casting his ballot in the advanced polls, Briggs began his post-retirement train travel around the continent.
He first took the Cascades to Portland, Oregon, where he then transferred onto the Coast Skylight to Los Angeles.
Upon arriving at Los Angeles, he then transferred onto the Southwest Chief transcontinental train to Chicago, where during the 43-hour trip, he got to enjoy the scenery as the train passes through the Rocky Mountains.
Not long after arriving at Chicago, he then transferred onto the Cardinal train to New York, where he then made the trek from Penn Station to the Grand Central Terminal to transfer onto the Adirondack, arriving at Montréal Central Station 11 hours later, where for his return to Vancouver, he will then transfer onto the Canadian.
At present, Briggs was reading the newspaper as the Canadian slowly pulls out of Ottawa Union Station, en route to cross the Alexandra Bridge into Hull, Québec.
One of the newspapers he had gotten during his train travel was the Coolsville Gazette, one of the newspapers sold on the Cardinal not long after the train pulled into Coolsville before making its next stop in Cincinnati.
Reading the Coolsville Gazette again, he took note of the front page, which reported the heroic exploits of a Coolsville police officer from two days before.
The main caption that accompanied the photo on the front page of the September 3 issue of the Coolsville Gazette read, "Officer Sam Rogers is seen bravely carrying two children out of yesterday's massive fire at the Thompkins Orphanage on Bryan Avenue"
Anyways, as Briggs enjoyed the view of the Ottawa River with the train crossing the Alexandra Bridge, he grabbed the Ottawa Citizen, where the majority of the paper was devoted to reporting the results of the previous day's federal election.
In the House, the governing Liberals under John Turner went from 135 seats down to 40, and it was a defeat largely attributed to a wide range of factors, such as the fact that the party has been in power continuously since 1963, except for briefly in 1979-1980, the controversial National Energy Program, which damaged the party's popularity in Western Canada, and the way the Constitution was patriated without support from Québec.
Sweeping into power were the Progressive Conservatives under Brian Mulroney, from 100 in the 32nd Parliament to 211 seats in the House.
The only major party whose standing was pretty much unchanged after the election was the New Democratic Party, who, with 31 seats in the House in the 32nd Parliament, only lost a single seat after the election.
However, while the election itself had the distinction where the House seats were contested under the new Instant-runoff voting system, more attention on the paper was drawn to the first-ever Senate race where 120 seats are up for grabs.
In the Senate, the PCs managed to secure 54 seats, most of which were concentrated from the Western provinces and Mulroney's home province of Québec.
While the House results were less than ideal for the Liberals, the party did perform well in the Senate, securing 31 seats, and the NDP, likewise, performed well in their first Senate election, winning a total of 24 seats.
The remaining 11 Senate seats went to smaller minor parties, including the Green Party, Social Credit Party and a number of independents.
Briggs' face remained neutral as he read the recap of the previous night's election results on the paper, not that he's much of a religious follower of politics.
That being said, with the Progressive Conservatives forming their first majority government in decades, Canada is in for some interesting times, especially as the presidential election campaigning south of the border heats up now that the primaries are over.
"Canada is in for some interesting times." Briggs thought to himself as he flipped a page.
By the time he finished reading the whole paper, the Canadian is in the process of pulling out of Westboro Station, continuing on with its journey to Vancouver.
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