How Canada Gained from Becoming Independent from Great Britain

Topics: Canada, British Empire, United Kingdom Pages: 2 (653 words) Published: April 8, 2013
Today, Canada is a free, independent country home to many different Canadians of all nationalities and is know for being one of the most multicultural countries in the world[i]. What Canadians did to contribute to WWI, for themselves in the Halibut Treaty, and how they handled the Chanak Crisis all lead to Canada becoming a country and a truly independent nation from Great Britain from the years 1914-1928.

Canada contributed excessively in WWI providing troops, ammunition, food, supplies, and much more[ii]. After the war, especially after bravely winning Vimy Ridge, Canada gained a reputation for being tough and hard working. It was only after the war that Canada was finally recognized for being a country of their own instead of another colony of Great Britain. Canada earned a seat in the League of Nations along with other strong, already independent countries like Russia and France. This helped show Canada was capable of becoming its own country and to be more independent from Great Britain. This was a helpful step towards Canada becoming a more independent nation from Great Britain.

In 1922 the Turkish government decided they wanted their land back and threatened to attack the British and troops stationed near Chanak[iii]. David Lloyd George, the British Prime Minister asked Canada to supply troops if war was to break out between Britain and Turkey[iv]. Prime Minister Mackenzie King was annoyed the telegram was public before he had a chance to read it and insisted that instead of sending troops right away like Britain would normally expect he would take it up with the Canadian Parliament. In truth the affair had nothing to do with Canada. King sent a telegram to Britain saying that Britain could no longer take Canadian soldiers for granted. The affair was resolved before parliament had the chance to vote but Canada took another step towards being a country of its own.[v]

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