Essay on The New Country Of Canada

1436 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
In the beginning of the twentieth century, the new country of Canada seemed to be set on the road towards economic growth, political independence, and nationwide prosperity. The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway was contributing to Canada’s growing population, especially in the Prairies. New agricultural technology and species were making farm labour less taxing and more productive, while new industrial technology was making urbanization possible in a country where a majority lived in rural areas. Considering the circumstances, it was not difficult for Canadians to agree with Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier when he declared that although “the nineteenth century was the century of the United States […] we can claim that Canada will fill the twentieth century” . The nineteenth century had been a period of rapid growth for the United States. The investment in many industrial projects meant massive growth in the economy, and the concept of Manifest Destiny, a feeling of entitlement to North America, led to huge territorial expansion in the United States, while Canada was just starting to grow. However, if Laurier had meant for Canada to follow in the footsteps of the United States, he was certainly incorrect. Conversely, especially in the second half of the twentieth century, Canada was to establish herself as an international peacekeeper on the international stage.
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