Canada's entry to WW1
History of Robert Borden
Sir Robert Laird Borden was born on June 26, 1854 and died on June 10, 1937. Robert was a Canadian lawyer and politician and he served as the eight prime minister of Canada, from October 10, 1911 to July 10, 1920. After his death, he has been recognized to be on Canada's one hundred dollar note, since 1976.
How did Canada enter WW1
Canada was automatically at war when Britain was at war in 1914. Sir Wilfrid Laurier spoke for the majority of Canadians when he stated: "It is our duty to let Great Britain know and to let the friends and foes of Great Britain know that there is in Canada but one mind and one heart and that all Canadians are behind the Mother Country." Prime Minister Robert Borden, offered Canadian assistance to Great Britain. The offer was accepted, and immediately orders were given for assembling a strong force.
About 619,000 Canadians had enlisted in the Canadian Force for service overseas. This was an enormous contribution from a population of just under 8 million in 1914. Approximately seven percent of the total population of Canada was in uniform at some point during the war, and hundreds of thousands of additional Canadians worked on the home front in support of the war.
Canadian Soldiers preparing to fight war with the British army.
Why Canada decided to join the War?
Prime Minister, Robert Borden demanded that Canada get it's own seats at the peace conference. With the contribution to the war, Canada gained it's respect and also gained it's seat at the peace conference. Canada turned out to be the most successful fighting force in the whole war.
Honorable's for Robert Borden
- He was remembered by a one hundred dollar bill.
- The town of Borden, Saskatchewan was named after him.
- Borden was ranked 7th from Canadian Prime ministers.
Robert Borden's statue, outside of Parliament Hill