Canada In The 1920's Essay

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PoliticalAfter the first world war Canada started to become more independent from the British empire. At the imperial conference in 1921, prime minister Arthur Meighen opposed a British plan for renewing the alliance with Japan. This decision was based strongly on the American opposition. In 1922, a diplomatic crisis occurred in Turkey, the Canadians did not help, this showed their growing independence. The prime minister let the parliament decide, but by the time they had made a decision the problem was over. By the next time there was a conference, it was clear that the British empire needed a new view.In 1923, Canadian prime minister of fisheries signed a treaty with the U.S. stating the rights between the 2 countries. This was the first non British event of Canada for an international event. Another important even also occurred that year. Prime minister King stated that Canadian parliament had the right to make their own decisions for themselves for all issues, domestic and foreign.During the period of 1927-1929 the first ambassador was appointed to the U.S., and also joined the league of nations. By 1929, Canada had embassies in Paris and Tokyo.In the 1920's , relations between Canada and the U.S. grew closer. Although they had been allies since 1917 (when the U.S. entered the war), trade increased between the borders, as did American investments in Canadian companies. American luxuries increased in Canada also, as in movies magazines, music and radio programs. As a step towards good will, direct talk between prime ministers and presidents were held. The first was in 1927 between Prime Minister King and President Coolidge in Washington. This was the first of many summit meetings in the relations.The "Persons" Case was a very important part in Canadian history. Voting and holding political office was one step towards political equality for women. Emily Murphy was the first magistrate in 1916, therefore becoming the first female judge in the British empire. However in her own court she was harassed by lawyers. Men were still saying that women were not "people" under the British North America Act. Murphy soon realized that any five people could petition the Supreme court for a constitutional ruling. So in 1927 Murphy and four other women activists from Alberta petitioned for their right to be "people" under the law.Economic"With another 350,000 families installing electricity for the first time in the 1920's, seven of every ten homes in Canada had electric power by 1930." "Everyday is bringing some marvelous new electric appliance into the market the making of which have gone years of research and experiments... The prospects for the application of our water power are boundless. After Norway, Canada has the greatest per capita water power development, yet only 8.5% of Canada's power resources are now used. It is one of the mighty factors in building up the greater Canada of tomorrow- the Canada of industrial achievement and enterprise." Many...

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