French English Relations And Its Negative Impact On Canadian Identity

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20th century Canada has been heavily influenced by French-English relations and its negative impact on Canadian identity. The Conscription Crisis of WWI, the October Crisis, and the Meech Lake Accord, have been the most influential events in 20th century Canada.

Canadian identity, when defined by its progression of French-English Relations, changed negatively during the 1920s to the 1930s under the Conscription Crisis of WWI. For instance, when Prime Minister Borden introduced conscription in 1917 the French-Canadians grew restless as Borden had previously claimed in 1914 that “There has not been, there will not be, compulsion or conscription.” Due to this, the relationship between French-Canadians and English-Canadians worsened, causing a bigger tension between both groups. When the Conscription law was passed by Prime Minister Borden, many groups of people were unsatisfied by his decision as it would interfere with some citizen’s lifestyle such as pacifists and farmers. This caused a lot of restlessness within the country, many debates ensued causing lots of misunderstanding between those opposed to it (who were mainly the French-Canadians) and those who supported conscription. Regardless of all the contradiction Borden received, he still passed the bill in hopes to acquire full sovereignty over Canada after the war. In order to achieve his goal, he rigged the votes by only allowing those who would vote for conscription to vote. Due to Borden’s relentless efforts at…

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