“Let us be French, let us be english, but most importantly let us be Canadian.” This is a quote by John A. Macdonald from about 150 years ago and he was the first Prime Minister of Canada and had a political career which spanned for almost half a century. He also set a legacy that keeps our country together and united. One of the major events that happened that I will discuss is responsible government because it was a big part of history, was important to the people and it was an executive or Cabinet that would be dependent on the support of an elected assembly. But even before responsible government was created there was a lot of conflict between the British and the French which led to a few important events. These important events had an
Pierre Trudeau is definitely one of Canada’s most successful Prime Ministers. He was able to bring Canada together by implementing the Official Language Act resolving the October Crisis and repatriating, creating Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedom.
he also won the party´s nomination for the riding of the electoral district of Papineau, and after beating Vivian Barbot he assured a seat in the parliament as a member of the official opposition. It was then that a lot of people realized that Justin Trudeau was not just another young emerging politician, he was special and a bright future seemed to be his destiny.
Tommy Douglas, just like any other person had a lot of problems to deal with before he became “the greatest Canadian.” Starting from the beginning, it was hard enough for him to leave his home country (Scotland), but that wasn’t it, he then had to leave school at the age of 14 and become a soap boy to support his family after he decided to switch from being a Baptist member to a Politician, and when he finally achieved his goals, he was yet again faced with a new set of problems, for example: Some reacted against the new ideas, some people hated the idea of having free health care given to everyone which makes no sense. He was unsuccessful in the 1934 Saskatchewan elections. He was labelled a “Red” and a “Communist” by his political opponents. Although he had a lot of reasons to quit, he also had a lot of achievements that made him the man we all respect and look up to; some of them are that on Nov. 29, 2004, Tommy Douglas was named The Greatest Canadian of all time by voters across
To start with, Pearson is undoubtedly a symbol of Canadian excellence, seeing as his efforts and impact were exceptional. At that time, the world was undergoing war, crisis and prejudice so it is impressive that Pearson was “one of the 20th century’s most untiring and effective workers in the cause of world peace.” (Baldwin 39). This impressiveness may also be due to the similar traits Pearson holds to Mackenzie King whom is a previous great leader. Though, Pearson had his tragic flaws such as ________ _________, which did lead to his resignation from office and defeat by Diefenbaker. Pearson was “a wonderful compromiser …he could bring together opposites” (Baldwin 31) which is what connects him and other great leaders together in leaving a great influence on their country. Then, there is the controversy between Diefenbaker and Pearson, which caused many doubts in Canadians towards Pearson’s choices/judgment. However, in the midst of those doubts Pearson managed to prove that he was the ideal leader for Canada by _____ ________________________________. In all, throughout Pearson’s political life despite the flaws and controversy, he indeed established unity in Canada by the skills he provided through the leadership we pay tribute to
Pierre Elliot Trudeau was the fifteenth Prime minister of Canada. He had numerous accomplishments that had many advantages to all of Canada which contain the official dialect demonstration of Canada where Trudeau made French and English the official dialects, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, and the progression of laws on premature birth, homosexuality and the legitimization of lotteries. These accomplishments are just a couple of what that Pierre Trudeau accomplished for Canada while his position in Parliament that was fundamental.
William Lyon Mackenzie King, a man of glory, forever changed Canada’s constitution during the tumultuous nineteenth century and resolved all difficulties Canada faced on its way to becoming a strong, independent, and autonomous nation. His contributions and sanctions targeted all factors at the time and had interrelated effects on the construction of Canada. Unlike other Canadian politicians, King handled every crisis with thorough planning and achieved promising outcomes from unsolvable problems. It is without a doubt that King was the most influential figure in Canada’s development. His role in the autonomy, economic development, and social stability stands as solid evidence of the pioneering impacts he had on Canada’s advancement.
Pearson played an integral role in creating Canada’s reputation as a peacekeeping nation. He first proposed peacekeeping missions to the UN in 1956. He also helped create the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Without John Diefenbaker, Canadians might still struggle with human rights. He had a vision for “One Canada”, free of discrimination; he introduced the first Canadian Bill of Rights in 1958. This has now turned into what we know as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Lastly, Tommy Douglas, although never a Prime Minister, he did bring lots of important changes. Inspired by what one doctor did for him as a child, he set out to make health care free for all Canadians and eventually, in 1966, succeeded. He also brought the start of social plans, pension plans, and two weeks of paid time off. It’s because of men like these that Canada is a great country to live in
A Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship and a public school in Ottawa are named after him, but one might wonder why Farley Mowat is so significant to Canadians that his name would be displayed so prominently in Canadian institutions. Dictionary.com defines a significant person as one who “has or expresses a meaning”. Farley Mowat demonstrates Canadian significance because he holds a lot of meaning to the history of Canada as a country. Farley is significant to Canadian history because he helped change Canadians views on the North and its inhabitants, he was a very successful author who inspired other authors and made Canada better known worldwide, and he used his storytelling gifts to spread his message and beliefs.
Diefenbaker was able to combine the politics, which were related to conservancy, and the other issues concerned with social justice. He was an effective leader because he appreciated the presence of other ethic backgrounds besides being neither French nor an English. Moreover, John Diefenbaker maintained the human rights on the international basis a factor that ensured rights of diverse groups of people irrespective of their nationality were not violated. On the other hand, he was able to cater for people’s rights, safety, and freedom regardless of the power that they had. Therefore, the prime minister was interested with all people and was ready to protect and serve them on equal basis. The action of helping the third world countries is a positive attribute of John Diefenbaker, as he is able to cater for the people’s interest in a dedicative way. In addition, Diefenbaker supported the farmers of Canada who are the major supporting elements of the
Canada has 23 different Prime Minsters that was in charge of Canada since 1871, but all of these men did not have a positive effect on Canada, while they were in office. Pierre Elliot Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minster of Canada was an exception. For 15 years of being Prime Minster, Trudeau was a great Prime Minster because he united a country which was historically divided and ushered it in a unique bilingually identity. During his time in the office, Trudeau made great advancements in social, political and cultural spheres of Canada.
As a leader during World War I, he helped Canada overcome military difficulties by bringing back conscription when necessary. He also introduced The War Measures Act which gave Canada much power during the war, as they had more defense and security and were able to make orders. Borden was also successful in earning Canada a seat in the League of Nations which removes the idea of Canada being a “colony”. One notable thing that Borden also did was giving women the right to vote. Although it started off as mothers and wives of veterans, it succeeded overtime and all women were granted that right. Borden’s will to fight for Canada’s sovereignty during World War I helped shape Canada as one powerful Nation. Every decision that Borden made, assisted Canada through greater independence and becoming the strong country it is
Tommy Douglas was Premier of Saskatchewan, first leader of the New Democratic Party, Baptist minister and a politician. Douglas was the 7th Premier of Saskatchewan by 1961 he resigned and lead the federal New Democratic Party (NDP). Despite his lost in the federal election of 1962, Douglas continued on creating programs that would better help others like pension plan, free healthcare and education and much more. Tommy Douglas is a significant person throughout the cold war was known for his as progressive social initiatives ability as a speaker that lead Canada to have free healthcare, to create the first socialist government which is the NDP and these factors indicate how important Tommy Douglas was throughout the cold war years. As this man
Prime minister R.B Bennett was not very helpful to Canadians during the Great Depression because he made strategic decisions for his political advantage. Firstly, When the Great Depression was at its worst in 1934, Bennett blamed the causes of the depression (The Roaring Twenties) which came from high investments, bank loans, and expensive manufacturing produce mainly based in Ontario and Quebec. Bennett fully accused Ontario and Quebec saying that they were “wasteful and extravagant”, so Ontario and Quebec were wealthy enough to handle their own crisis. Coming close to his election, Bennett suddenly changed his priorities of the population to bring unemployment benefits, minimum wage, and income taxation to Canadians by spending 20 million on the Unemployment Relief Act. which was inspired by Roosevelt's New Deal to combat the Great Depression in the
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