Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Analysis

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The twentieth century brought great prosperity to Canada, the prime minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier during the start of the 20th century had great visions for the country. He wanted Canada to fill the century as the United States had in the nineteenth century. Laurier’s vision of the twentieth century was to have Canada be known for its equality on a global scale, he said, “Canada is free and freedom is its nationality” . He believes, “freedom of thought, freedom in religion, civil freedom and freedom of trade, the day will never come when this principle shall decline” . However, equality for all was not achieved in the 1900’s, Canada did not leave an imprint for the rest of the world. During the century, all people were not granted equality…show more content…
It was only in 1960 that all women in Canada could vote. The women 's suffrage started with the Wartime Elections Act of 1917. In this act the federal vote was extended to women in the armed forces, and to female relatives of military men, to create a biased election for the Prime Minister Robert Borden’s Conservative government in an attempt to gain votes. One year later On 24 May 1918, all female "citizens" aged 21 and over became eligible to vote in federal elections conditions were attached to such eligibility: "age 21 or older, not alien-born and meet property requirements in provinces where they exist." This excluded the right of provincial vote of women, each province had different dates on when the women could vote. It was only in 1951 when amendments to the federal Indian Act allowed women the right to vote or hold office in Bands. First Nations women were allowed to vote in federal elections in 1960. All Canadian citizens over the age of 18 could only vote in the 1960’s, over half of the century passed when all women could vote in Canada. In the United States Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. Canada, as a role model of equality was out done by the United States in the twentieth century of female equality. It took Canada over half the century to give equality to half of their population, at a later date than other
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