Canada has many factors that cause it to be the strong and independent country it is and is seen as today. The cold war is a factor that shaped Canada’s independence and why people see Canada as such a strong country. Canada joins the U.N( United Nations). The U.N was created Oct 24, 1945. The U.N is an organization of countries that work together to prevent war, improve living conditions in other countries, defend human rights etc. Canada joining this organization independently without being forced proves it’s independence. Canada proves it’s independence by joining an organization that will follow it’s beliefs and follow the same goal. The Suez crisis is a situation that proved Canada’s independence. In 1956 Egyptian leader( Gamal Abdel Nasser) took control of the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal is a shipping route that is under control and run by British and French interests. In October Britain, France and Israel launched attacks
Some say that Canada is safe and free. Although it may be true today, Canada was not always the nice and peaceful place it is now. Canada’s history demonstrates that the country grew and got stronger. Unfortunately, history also shows that Canada gets violent with other countries and even itself. Canada’s identity in relation to war and peace worsened since 1914. This can be shown by the victory in the Battle of Ortona and the kidnapping that caused the October Crisis. It can also be proven by the injustice during the Oka Crisis.
One of the most serious controversies experienced by many at the home front during WW1 was conscription. In 1914 Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden declared that conscription would never be necessary in Canada. Only 2810 men signed up to fight during the war but the Canadian government needed more men. In 1917 conscription was introduced and men were forced to enlist for the war as a result of the Military Service Act that was passed by Prime Minister Borden. Men aged 20-45 were forced to leave their families, join the war and fight for Britain. The English wanted French-Canadians to join, because they felt that Quebec had not pulled their own weight. Quebec refused to join which lead to riots in Montreal, the government needed help from the
Canada has had several things that have made it a good country to live in. In the first half of the twentieth century, Canada fought in many battles during the World Wars that had a positive impact on the world. On top of that, there are many Canadians that made notable changes in Canada and the rest of the world. Lastly, Canadians have created technologies that are very important to the way we live today. After looking at these factors, it can be said that Canada is a country that its citizens should be proud of.
However, in 2008, Newfoundland and Labrador stopped receiving equalization payments from the federal government, making it a "have" province for the first time in 60 years. This was due to the boom of the oil industry, as other natural resources have declined over time. Like most every region this province was affected negatively by the global economic crisis. Part of the population still travel to other areas for work; for example to the oil sands in Alberta where labour is needed. The top industries of Newfoundland and Labrador are focused in the service industry: Some examples are financial services, healthcare, and banking. Tourism also provides some job opportunities. The natural resources of this beautiful eastern land provide a large economic boost to this province as well. Even though the fishing industry is now struggling, other resources like oil and minerals offer opportunities for economic growth and job employment. The offshore oil and gas industry as well as mining have helped move Newfoundland and Labrador from a have not region to a have region. The climate and soil offer few agricultural opportunities and those that are available revolve around livestock. The largest city in Newfoundland and Labrador is St. John's with 40% of the province's population. The economic difficulties of Newfoundland and Labrador still persist today, but utilization of the province’s Natural
Today, Canada is seen as a multicultural and peaceful nation that has evolved over the course of history. This great nation would never have been possible without the impact that former Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson left on this country. His achievements and insights profoundly affected and shaped Canada’s nation. First, peacekeeping is an important part of Canada’s heritage and a reflection of its fundamental beliefs that Pearson implemented after dealing with world changing situations and winning a Nobel Prize. Also, his contributions as a liberal leader as well as the flaws and controversy with Diefenbaker did in fact define this country. Lastly, Pearson created the Canadian identity by unveiling the new flag, bringing equality with
Those who don’t live or have ever been may think that Canada is a country that is not diverse maybe even monocultural, that Canada is flat full of only farmland and rural towns, that we live lives fueled by hockey and that is all that Canada is. In reality every Canadian knows it is much more it is diverse, scenic and urban. In the essay “My Canada” by Anita Rau Badami she said this about Canada “the country had been doing a slow dance for me over the nine years that I had lived here, showing me tantalizing little bits of itself every now and then.” The quote by Badami says that Canada has little charms spread throughout the country, such as the vastness and natural beauty of Lake Louise and all National Parks. Festivals in Edmonton which displays Canadian culture and a variety of other cultures from around the earth. The peacefulness of the prairies, to the
For the longest time, Canada had been under British control, however, this changed a bit after World War 1 took place. Of the 630,000 Canadians that served in the war, more than 10,500 either sacrificed their lives or got injured in a World War 1 battle that changed the way Canadians looked at themselves (Morton, Desmond. "First World War (WWI)." The Canadian Encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 10
Canadian individual identity is questioned often because it is so diverse and means something different to each person in Canada. Although there is not a set identity there are many values and beliefs that are owned by all Canadians. To find out what Canadians identity is, one has to take into account what has affected it. The United States is the biggest influence on Canadian identity. The U.S. culture is very similar to Canadians as we are exposed to it all the time in media sources. The events in American history have also affected Canada from a political perspective, which lead to the Democracy that is present today. Another way the U.S. has affected Canada is from a military perspective because Americans are quick to jump to war and Canada has had to help control them which lead to them being peacekeepers. The United States helped mold the Canadian identity by being both a threat and support to the nation; this will continue into the 21st century but Canada will keep it’s unique identity.
In this day and age, today’s countries and their cultures are immensely different and unique in comparison to each other. China and Canada are no exceptions. The Chinese, known for their famous silk production and their Great Wall of China, hold an impressive history ranging over 5000 years. Canada on the other hand, has only been in the game for 150 years. The British colonization in 1867 had a major impact on the First Nations and has left a serious mark on their community. From cultures to everyday life to the government, these nations hold very unique traits that separate them apart.
Canada has a very rich history, despite being a younger country than most. This history constitutes many different methods, good or bad, that Canadians have tried in order to develop a significant national identity. For instance, Canada played an important role in both of the World Wars in attempts to establish a distinct national identity on the global stage. After World War Two, Canada joined the United Nations and began performing peacekeeping missions to provide aid to countries, thus creating a new facet to the Canadian national identity. However, Canada has also used unjust methods, such as establishing residential schools as a way to assimilate the First Nations into the government’s idea of what Canadian national identity should be.
In British Columbia resource-based activities have been the basis of BC’s economy throughout history, and the aboriginal people depended on the resources of the land and sea for their food. Fish processing remains a very important part of BC’s economy. In 2010, the economic impact for fishing was $546 million dollars in wages and benefits, 55 million in tax revenues, freshwater fishing came to $957 million in expenditures. As for Alberta’s economy, it is a highly developed one, the oil industry has a significant impact in Alberta’s economy. Alberta has supplied oil and gas to the rest of Canada and the USA. A rapid rise in the worlds price of oil in the early 1970s drove Alberta’s economy to a rapid increase.. Alberta’s oil is used for transportation fuels, to heat homes/buildings, generate electricity, and manufacture lubricants, waxes, plastics and more. Alberta is the home to the largest oil reserve in the country; in 2012 the oil sands produced 1.74 million barrels of oil a day and estimated to 90 billion dollars to Canada 's gross domestic product.
The world’s second biggest country has received a similar second ranking in terms of being ranked the greatest country in the world. The country, of course, is Canada. Canada, for a long time, has been considered one of the best countries in the world to live in as it welcomes immigrants, has a rich diverse culture for every nationality, free medical expenses, and of course , the Niagara Falls. A quote from an article from the Toronto Star said, “….. [Canada] draws some of its national identity from its expansive wilderness, has pronounced a long list of accomplished writers and artists, and is a high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living.” Canada also showed the world that they were serious in their attempts to rescue refugees fleeing
In 1945 World War two had come to an end. Canada, a great contributor to the war, had many challenges to face and overcome post war. A major part of these challenges were environmental challenges, which Canada primarily encountered from 1945 - 1982. The main environmental challenges include: pollution of the great lakes, mining, and deforestation.
What defines the word “British” and who are the people who consider themselves to be “British”? These are the questions that arise when one thinks about exactly how “British” the colonies of “British North America” were. In essence, when does North America take on the British identity? It can be posited that the British identity of North America came to be and was most apparent after the Seven Years’ War when Canada was ceded by France to Britain in 1763. In doing so, the colonies of Canada were now under the Crown and hence, the inhabitants (excluding indigenous people) of North America had become British subjects. According to the Treaty of Paris, 1763, British North America would comprise of the “Province of Quebec, Nova Scotia, St John’s Island [Prince Edward Island (PEI)], Newfoundland, the Hudson’s Bay Company territories, and lands belonging directly to the Crown.”