Monday, 25 February 2013

Canada's changing relationship with England.

Describe Canada’s changing relationships with England.  Is this positive or negative?  Why?
Throughout the war Canada continued to stand alongside England in their attempt to win the war and strip Germany of power.
Canada's changing relationship with England in my opinion has shown to be positive as Canada began to gain independence which shows that they have become a more powerful country on their own. During Passchendaele, 1917, Canadian soldiers met their objectives but the slaughter of the battle was so bad that Prime Minister Borden told the British Prime Minister "that if there is a repetition of the battle of Passchendaele, not a Canadian soldier will leave the shores of Canada as long as the Canadian people entrust the government of Canada to [his] hands" (The Canadian Challenge, 36). This shows that Canada has began to stop taking orders from England and has started making decisions for themselves in order to be able to try and save their men from another terrible slaughter.
As the power of the British Empire was slowly fading as it moved towards a commonwealth of equals. In the aftermath of the war, Canada was now becoming an independent country redefining its role in the new world order.


  1. Beth I agree with you, because Canada did begin to gain independence after the war.

    1. Lauren, how else did Canada begin to gain independence after the war?

  2. Bethany, you have given a solid example of how Canada began to assert its independence from Britain during World War One. You use of Borden's quotation is skilful and sophisticatedly supports your point.

    What do you mean by a "commonwealth of equals"? What does this look like?

  3. A commonwealth of equals is when every country in the commonwealth is equal in the amount of power they have and the countries also have their own independence.