Justification of the Canadian Participation in the Boer War

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Justification of the Canadian Participation in the Boer War The storm of war never comes alone, as it bring along extreme tragedy. “In 1899, the whole country was electrified when heard about the Imperial request from Britain.”[1] The Britain requested Canadians for help to defeat Boers in South Africa. This was the opportunity for Canada to demonstrate its importance in the British Empire and share in its military responsibilities but the “Canadian Prime Minister, Sir Wilfred Laurier, did not believe that Canada should be involved, but he faced growing agitation in English.”[2] Ultimately, the final decision, without any approval of Parliament[3] was to support the Imperial request. This was Canadian army’s first major overseas campaign. However, the decision to participate in Boer war resulted in a vast range of problems for a young country. First of all, the war had nothing to do with Canadians, it further increased conflicts between French-English Canadians, resulted in many other home front problems and even after all the efforts, Canadian contribution was not fully recognised. In the first place, interference in the war was absolutely unnecessary as the war had nothing significant to do with Canadians, “Although Laurier, too, was reluctant to commit Canadian troops and resources to a war that would not benefit Canadian interests; he found it more difficult to resist the pressure in English Canada for Canadian involvement.” [4] The war was completely an issue of the Britain. This south African War had its origins in more than sixty years conflicts between the British in South Africa, Boers were mainly concentrated in the... ... middle of paper ... ...seen these horrific four years. --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Benoit. Horizon Canada 7. Centre for the study of teaching Canada [2] Canadians and Conflicts. Edmonton Public School Board. 3 Wade. Mason. Search for a Nation. The Bryant press Limited, Toronto. 1967 [4] Canadians and Conflicts. Edmonton Public School Board. [5]Canadians and Conflicts. Edmonton Public School Board. 6 Miller. Carman. Canada’s Little War. James Lorimer & Company LTD. Toronto [7] Canadians and Conflicts. Edmonton Public School Board [8] Haas. Suzanne. History Television. 2004 [9] The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum. 27 December2001 [10]Reid. Brian. Canada at war and peace volume 1. Esprit Dr corps Books [11] Canadians and Conflicts. Edmonton Public School Board.

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