Women's Suffrage During the last 4 months, I’ve studied a lot about Canadian history and come across many great historical events that have shaped Canadian identity. The two most defining moments between the years 1900 to 2000 were women’s suffrage which was an issue to determine if women should have the right to vote or not. The other defining moment for Canada was Expo 67, which was the most successful worlds fair in history. Women’s suffrage was a defining moment for Canada between the years 1900 and 1929. Expo 67 was a defining moment for Canada between the years 1945 to 1967. The right to vote for women was the main subject in women’s suffrage. Expo 67 was a time for celebrating for Canada and doubtable the happiest time of the century for all Canadians. Women’s suffrage was a defining moment for Canada because women made up approximately half the Canadian population. By giving them the right to vote, it allowed Canada to be a more democratic country. Women getting the right to vote had a huge impact on the election of 1917 because women who were married to soldiers in the war could vote because of the War time Elections Act. It was also a big step for women to get involved more in the society during World War 1. In addition, the women contributed in the war effort a lot by making the products sent over seas to our soldiers, who had left their jobs to fight for their country in World War 1. This also was creating other opportunities for the women to get involved with society by taking the men’s places in the factories. Expo 67 was a defining moment for Canada because it made the whole world notice how good Canada really was and is today. Expo also put Canada on the map as a successful country by hosting the biggest word’s fair in history. It also showed the world that both the English and French could work together in a major project like Expo 67. This experience of both the English and the French working together could also result in making more bigger and better projects in Canada. Last but not least, Expo told everyone that Canada was a great and beautiful place to visit and it made more and more people wanting to visit the country, and see Canada first hand.
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A century ago, Canada was under control by the British Empire. The battles we fought the treaties we signed and the disputes we solved all helped us gain independence from our mother country “Britain”. Canadians fought a long battle protecting others, and from these battles we gained our peaceful reputation and our independence from Britain. Canada became a nation on July, 1st 1867. Although we were an independent country, our affairs and treaties were all still signed by Britain. In the next years Canada would establish its own government, and lead its own affairs. Many important events led to Canada’s independence, one of the earliest signals that Canada wanted to establish autonomy was the Chanak affair of 1921. In addition the battle of Normandy, which occurred on June 6 1944, contributed to the autonomy of Canada. The Suez Canal Crisis, which took place in the year 1956, earned Canada a place in the media spotlight, displaying Canada as a peaceful country that deserves the right to be independent. One of the final steps that aided with Canada’s independence from Britain was the Canada Act of 1982. Independence from Britain steadily increased throughout the 20th century because of political decisions made in Canada.
What does it mean to be Canadian? What is Canada’s national identity? These are questions which are difficult to answer. The International and Universal Exposition in 1967, or otherwise known as Expo 67, was an exhibition held in Montreal, Quebec from April to October, which was celebrating Canada’s centennial. I found many primary and secondary sources that recognize how Canadians perceive national identity through the exhibition. The theme for the Expo was ‘Man and his World’ and this raised the sense of national pride for Canadians. I found some sources that looked at ‘Canadian National Identity’ as a whole; as well as Canadian National Identity for the Natives, the French Canadians and English Canadians. Themes that are recurrent include how to represent Canadian national identity at the exposition, the French/English relationship towards Expo 67, as well as the search for a united Canada.
From the first Great War, to the Great Depression, and after the Second World War, you could say that Canada had been transformed significantly. Since the day the British North American Act was enacted in 1867, Canada was a small and developing country. The Second World War had been one of its biggest challenges yet and the countries future prospects tremendous benefits especially in the fields of political development, social development, and economical development. It was a great struggle to get where she is today and WW2 was a major contributing factor to why Canada is such a strong and unified nation
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The post-war time was a period where major changes were occurring. After being involved in two international conflicts, Canada was ready to reestablish their economy. During this time, Canada had started working on ways to become stronger and reputable. It is evident that Canada had matured through the post-war era. Canada’s economic progress left a positive impact on the growth of the country as consumerism became popular, and economic ties with America became stronger. Moreover, the removal of racial and ethical barriers contributed to Canadian social affairs such as the huge wave of immigration and the baby boom. The Canadian government also had become more aware and involved in issues impacting Canadian citizens. Canada as a whole started identifying itself as an independent nation and participating in events that brought a positive reputation amongst them. These economical, social, and legal changes helped Canada mature into the country it is today.
This is because it shaped Canada’s social, economic and political culture. As Wilfrid Laurier, prime minister of Canada from 1896-1911, said in 1904 “…The nineteenth century was the century of the United States. I think we can claim that Canada will fill the twentieth century.” (Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Jan 18, 1904). And indeed it did; Wilfrid Laurier opened the gates to immigration and changed the twentieth century for Canada from that point forward. In the ten years between 1906 and 1916, two million newcomers immigrated to Canada. It was the country’s largest population boom. This population increase was immensely beneficial as it led to industrialization and urbanization. It also boosted the economy as new jobs were created. After the population boom, Canadians were now Irish, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Dutch, Scandinavian, Japanese and Chinese. The various cultures of new immigrants affected Canada socially and culturally, as new languages, traditions, foods and arts appeared in Canada. Moreover, not only did immigrants contribute to massive cultural growth but they also changed perspectives on diversity; changing Canadian identity for years to
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Canadians have considered D-Day a defining moment in Canadian history due to the role Canada had played in this battle. D-Day also known as Juno is a defining moment in Canadian history because it had an impact on stopping the Nazis, it helped bring World War 2 to an end and the Canadians had successfully captured the beach. To begin with, the Canadian’s role at Juno Beach was significant as they had an impact on stopping the Nazis and stopping Hitler’s dream which was to be in power of all of Germany. (FIND A POINT AND EVIDENCE TO ADD ON). Secondly, D-Day was a defining moment in Canadian history because it helped lead World War 2 to an end which was a great thing. All of the allies and Canada were given a duty which was to invade and capture the five beaches. Canada was
To conclude, the cultural and traditional suppression of Quebec denied the French-Canadian women their right to vote, until 1940. The brief summary of Canadian suffrage was to introduce the general opposition and the reasons for it, while the Quebec situation notes the family foundation of their cultural identity. The delay was due to the unwavering thinking of Quebec, until women created opportunities for themselves to become equal to men. The right to vote was a privilege they were not able to enjoy because of their gender. Hence, the tradition of separating the gender roles was the main argument to which Quebec saw a threat to their basis if women were to become more active.
Canada holds a very unique place around the world with exclusive characteristics, symbols and signs that sets Canada apart from other cultures and countries. In this Mr. Sub advertisement, Canadianness is produced in various ways throughout. Moreover, Mounties, lumberjacks, dog sleds, the color red,
Women were not treated fairly or equally to men and were supposed to be the perfect stereotype of a lady. They could not be independent all her possessions would either belong to her father or her husband when married. They were supposed to be the caring mother and wife as well not have any say in political issues such as voting. An addition they were paid far less than the men for the same amount of work. With so much injustice taking place the women started to fight back. They form the National council of women of canada and did many things, such as hand out pamphlets, protested, and marched in parades. These actions were not ignored and because of them women now are payed the same as men would as well in 1918 all women could vote.
Canadian unity and identity has been affected and challenged by many different factors. These factors have shaped our unity into what it is today even after their negative results. Canada's wide geography has resulted in many Canadians feeling omitted from Canadian culture and societies because their needs not being met. The National Energy Program brought in by Pierre Trudeau left many Western Canadians alone and unrecognized. Aswell, with Quebec having a desire to separate from Canada, Canadian unity becomes damaged by their nationalism. All these factors have challenged the nation-states unity and built boundaries among societies.
Beginning in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century women began to vocalize their opinions and desires for the right to vote. The Women’s Suffrage movement paved the way to the nineteenth Amendment in the United States Constitution that allowed women that right. The Women’s Suffrage movement started a movement for equal rights for women that has continued to propel equal opportunities for women throughout the country. The Women’s Liberation Movement has sparked better opportunities, demanded respect and pioneered the path for women entering in the workforce that was started by the right to vote and given momentum in the late 1950s.