Political Autonomy In Canada

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In the course of the interwar years Canada was increasing political autonomy, decreasing economically, and struggling to gain social autonomy. First of all, during the interwar years Canada had hit an all-time high for political autonomy. At the end of World War 1 Canada had its own seat at the Paris Peace Conference, and got its own signature in the Treaty of Versailles. In the early 1920’s Britain requested Canada to send troops to help defend the port of Chanak against the Turkish forces. Instead of being entered in the war automatically Prime Minister Mackenzie King stated it would take Canadian Parliament to decide whether they would send troops or not. During this time Canada had signed a fishing treaty with the United States which regulated Halibut fishery in the Northern Pacific. This was the first treaty signed by Canada without the presence of a British official. In 1931 the Statute of Westminster, which recognized the details of the Balfour Report, was passed. The report…show more content…
All of Canada’s economy was too reliant on America’s economy. America invested a lot of money into Canada. By 1926 Britain invested mere 2200 million and the States invested a whopping 3400 million into Canada. The U.S. companies invested in an increasing number of Canadian resource companies. The resources were then exported out of Canada to the U.S. America set up branch plants in Canada to increase their economic prosperity. Canada began a trade reliance on the States and American companies invested in Canada’s resources then exported them unprocessed across the border. Instead of lending money to Canadian business, U.S. investors established branch plants. Branch plants are businesses owned and controlled by companies in U.S. but operating in Canada. During this time if America’s economy fell it would have taken Canada down with it such as the 1930’s. Canada’s economic autonomy was decreasing in the inter war
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