During the twentieth century, Canada began to take steps towards full autonomy (complete control over its own affairs) and becoming an independent nation
During the twentieth century, Canada began to take steps towards full autonomy (complete control over its own affairs) and becoming an independent nation.
Canadian Autonomy was the product of the evolution of Canadian Nationalism and the development of a desire to become independent from Britain. At one time Canada was nothing more than a British colony and the only pride felt by Canadian residents was the pride in being a British subject. Over time and with the guidance of Prime Ministers like Sir Wilfred Laurier, this began to change and a distinct Canadian identity surfaced.
Canada's Autonomy was not something debated on in parliament as an issue in itself, but rather something that came together as a complete picture because of other smaller achievements and advancements:
The Boer War was a British was fought in South Africa. It was purely an excuse for Britain to exert some military might and show the world that she was still the world's greatest military power. Britain asked Canada for a contribution to the war effort. The Prime Minister at the time, Sir Wilfred Laurier was an advocate for Canadian Nationalism and a French-Canadian. As a nationalist, Laurier saw no reason in sending Canadian troops into a war which was being fought despite the lack of any threat whatsoever from the South Africans. As a French-Canadian, Laurier shared the same disinclination to help the English as his French-speaking countrymen. He, the French-Canadians, English-speaking labourites, and the farmers of Canada all...