Political Events

Status of Women and Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces

The Royal Commission on the Status of Women

In 1967, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson launched The Royal Commission on the Status of Women. The Royal Commission on the Status of Women had women write up a report containing their recommendations to the federal government. These recommendations to the federal government included maternity leave, day care, birth control, family law, the Indian Act, and access for women to managerial positions. These recommendations to the federal government of Canada were the beginning of the enhanced equality for women. Women gaining rights and equality to men was a major political concern. Before The Royal Commission on the Status of Women was written up, women were very limited with jobs they could have, and men had the upper hand on the decisions that were made.


Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces

February 1 1968, The Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces occurred. This is when the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force were merged to form the Canadian Armed Forces.The Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces had a paper that was laid down in the Parliament of Canada. It was then agreed to by the Minister of National Defense and the Associate Minister of National Defense.This was an important in Canadian history because this is when our military became one big and strong defense group that incorporated the expertise from the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Having merged different services together allowed for knowledge from different services to come together which let to a better and more powerful military. The Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces allowed Canada to become a great leader in the field of military organization and strength.