One of the major problems associated with a bilingual country, inevitably, is national unity. In Canada, national unity usually refers to the relations between both the French and English Canadians. English-French relations have always been unstable, ever since the English conquest on the French in the late 1800s. In the twentieth century, this link was further depreciated primarily because of conscriptions during the First and Second World War along with the Quiet Revolution and the October Crisis. Conscription during the First and Second World War was one of the initial major causes that began the deterioration of French-English relations largely because the French had no desire to go to war.
The act of applying conscription during the First and Second World Wars have nearly torn Canada apart. The conscription crisis of 1917 was a treacherous event that occurred during the First World War. During this time the relations between Quebec and the rest of Canada were in an all time low in our Canadian history. The Québécois thought conscription was merely unnecessary no matter what circumstance; while all other Canadians did essentially want conscription occur. The contrast was inevitably high on the issue of conscription between the Québécois and the rest of Canada thus creating a solution when conscription was indeed needed was impossible.
Through many different points and facts, it’s shown that Louis Riel genuinely was a rebel who threatened the dominion of Canada. Leading two rebellions, executing Thomas Scott, and going against the government, were just a couple of the many things Riel did, to show that he truly was a rebel. All the things Riel did, have something in common, they all stopped progress. The government can’t trust Riel after the things he did, which slowed down the development of the newly formed dominion of Canada. Although many would disagree, the information shows, that Louis Riel was nothing more than a rebel to Canada, who went against the dominion of Canada.
In 1918, women living in Canada were given the right to vote, but they could still not be elected to Parliament. During the later part of the war, conscription was introduced which was not a good sign for many Canadians because it forced many men to leave their families and join the war. John English of the Canadian Encyclopedia stated that, “Conscription was unpopular and that Canadians not of British descent would combine to defeat the government in the upcoming general election.” This statement proves that many Canadians along with the British did not support many of the government’s decisions including conscription. These rules put on Canadian citizens weakened Canada politically because only men could vote until women got the right. Certain women, who did not have soldiers in their families, could not vote.
It is argued that Trudeau’s arguments on the negative aspects of the accord are what destroyed the Meech Lake Accord. Trudeau argued that Mulroney’s ideas would completely change Canadian federalism due to the change of the provincial and federal powers and would ruin Canada. Because of the change in public opinion that ensued after Trudeau voiced his thoughts, Mulroney and Trudeau were now on opposite sides of the argument, both fighting for two different visions of Canada. ... ... middle of paper ... ... early 1900’s the Senate showed to be a huge pain and an issue. People in the west hated it because they were underrepresented in the Senate compared to the smaller provinces such as the Maritime Provinces.
During the late 19th century, Canada’s relationship with its Metis population was strained and full of hardships. The conflict began with the transfer of Rupert’s Land from the Hudson’s Bay Company to the Government of Canada, without the consultation or consent of the Metis who resided therein. The Canadian Government sent surveyors out to plot land occupied by Metis people before the transfer was completed, and the survey team was met with opposition by a Metis party led by Louis Riel. The Metis formed a provisional government, and a pro-Canadian party formed to resist the Metis, but resulted in the execution of Thomas Scott, a Protestant whose death caused turmoil among English speaking communities. Another major reason for conflict occurred years later, after the Canadian Government and the Metis revealed conflicting views over the process of dividing land that was entitled to the Metis in the Manitoba Act of 1870.
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to join. Not only did the United States lose the war to Vietnam but also the amount of casualties that were suffered was detrimental to families everywhere. The Draft was a terrible idea for the U.S. to implant in America. It caused the wrong people to be chosen who never wanted anything to do with the war in the first place. It caused many Americans to flee to Canada and disappear from the U.S. completely.
People were also angered at how unsuccessful Russia were in the war The Tsar and Tsarina were both also hugely unpopular amongst the Russian people. They were hated for the events of Bloody Sunday which saw thousands of Russian civilians killed by the Tsar's own armed forces. Their defeat in the First World War was also put down to the Tsar who had taken over the role as Commandering Chief during the war. Whilst the Tsar was out on the front running the Russian army the Tsarina was left in charge of the country in Petrograd. She made very unwise decisions and also installed a lot of power upon Rasputin.
Federalist also opposed the invasion of Canada because it would add more agrarian states from the wild northwest (David, 2002). Napoleon's announcement in 1810 of the revocation of his decrees was followed by British refusals to repeal their orders, and pressures for war increased. On June 18, 1812, President James MADISON signed a declaration of war that Congress--with substantial opposition--had passed at his request. The Federalist lost their fight to avoid a war with England. During the war of 1812 the situation was particularly serious for the United States because the country was insolvent by the fall of 1814, and in New England opponents of the war were discussing separation from the Union.