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10 Defining Moments in Canadian History Since World War 1
Transcript of 10 Defining Moments in Canadian History Since World War 1
1919 - Winnipeg General Strike
After world war 1 when the soldiers returned home expecting and wanting their jobs and normal lifestyles back, but sadly many factories were shutting down. Work conditions at this time were extremely bad as well which also contributed to the strike.
September 10, 1939 - Canada declares war on Germany
Canada remained neutral for one week after Britain declared war on Germany to start World War 2. This further proved Canada's independence.
Canada goes to war
The First Week of April 1915 - Battle of Ypres
April 24, 1928 - Supreme Court Rules Women Not "Persons"
On this day the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that women are not classed as "persons" and therefore could not be appointed to senate. This ruling was made following a petition by a group of Alberta women now known as the "Famous Five". The petitioners were Henrietta Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Emily Murphy and Irene Parlby.
October 18, 1929 - The Persons Case
After the "Famous Five" had went to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council which at that time was the highest court for Canada and other commonwealths of the British Empire, and this council ruled that women are persons and now could be appointed in Senate.
December 6, 1917 - Halifax Explosion
On this day a Belgian Steamer (The Imo) carrying supplies to Belgium was leaving the Halifax Harbour and collided with a French freighter (The Mont Blanc) which was carrying a large cargo of high explosives.
Canada joins up with other countries to go to war against Germany.
At this time Canada was still a British colony so when Britain went to war, Canada had to follow with them.
Canadian troops were fighting the Germans when the first chlorine gas attack ever was used by the Germans. This battle really showed other countries that Canada was independent because we stayed and fought the battle while other troops were retreating.
September 9, 1969 - Official Languages Act
On this day in 1969 an act was passed through the government of Canada which made it possible that anywhere, anytime in Canada all government services could now be accessed in either English or French.
October 1970 - The October Crisis
During October of 1970 the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ), a separatist movement from Québec kidnapped two government officials (British Trade Commissioner James Cross and the Minister of Labour in Québec Pierre Laporte). The FLQ then killed Laporte on October 17th. The way the government handled this situation proved that Canada is an independent and amazing country.
July 14, 1976 - Death Penalty is Abolished
On July 14th, 1976 the death penalty was abolished throughout all the Provinces and Territories of Canada. This act further proved that Canada is it's own independent country because the government did not have to go through Britain to do so.