Defining Moments of Canada
By: Amanpreet Dhillon
The Second Battle of Ypres
Poisonous Gas (Chlorine Gas)
The Second Battle of Ypres, 1915
This battle is a defining moment in Canadian history because:
1) It was the first battle won by a colonial country, No other colonial country had won a battle all by themselves, but in the Battle of Ypres the Canadians single-handedly held back the Germans This shows that Canada is a strong and powerful nation
2) The Germans used a poisonous gas during this battle, thinking that it will kill most of the enemies and make them retreat, but the were shocked to see that the Canadians were still on the battlefield fighting and held back the Germans. This battle made the Germans fear the Canadians. This illustrates that Canada is a courageous and determined nation who is not ready to lose that easily.
3) The Canadians were very quick on their feet by using urine-soaked handkerchiefs as a way from inhaling the gas. This showed how Canadians were smart and can quickly adapt to circumstance.
Canadian troops at the Second Battle of Ypres, 1915
A painting by: Richard Jack
Soldiers wearing masks so they can prevent inhaling the poison
Soldiers in a trench in the Battle of Ypres
This should be considered as a defining moment in Canadian history because not only did 5 women persuade the way the government thought of women for all that time, they opened up many opportunities that would help the economy. Ever since women were considered as people it meant that they could get the same jobs as men, which in result helped the Canadian economy. They also impacted the government, when they won the case, women were allowed to be in politics and have political power. This first women to be appointed Canadian Senate was Cairine Wilson. The result of this case also impacted the future, without it our economy wouldn't be the same.
Multicultulisim Act, 1971
Canada Accepts Syrian Refugees
This is a defining moment because this shows that Canada is a welcoming country to those in need. It identifies us as a kind and good nation. This will help us in our economy too. All in all it shows that Canada is a loving country.