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Canada in WW2

1. Explain how Canada’s decision to go to war in WWII was different than WWI

The biggest difference from Canada’s Decision to go to war in WW2 then in WW1 was how in the second world war, it was ultimately Canada’s choice to participate, whereas in the first world war Canadians were still attached and patriotic to Britain, and were conscripted by the government. It was agreed that Canadians were not to be forced into participating in this war but many still chose to support Britain.

2. What were the BCATP and CD Howe’s Total War economy?

The BCAPT or British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was a program provided by the Canadian military in world war 2 to train the British pilots in war. Canada chose to run this program as a way to be part of the world war without being in the direct battles. This program made Canada an upwards amount of 1 million dollars by the end of the war.

C.D Howe was a successful business man in his day. In world war 2, Howe was responsible of making sure the economy could keep up with all of the war time demands put on Canada. he was successful with this task and made Canada flourish.

3. Come up with a statement that the best describes Canada’s attitude towards WWII and support it by referring to the evidence from the class and the textbook.

Canadians were a positive addition in WW2. By the willingness to take part in the war with the BCATP, Canadians helped Canada build a stronger economy.

Pressure groups, Petitions, Civil disobedience

Citizens have created many ways for their voices to be heard by the government throughout the year. Some of the more popular strategies to be used are pressure groups and lobbying, petitions and civil disobedience. Pressure group and lobbyists are an effecting group of people with similar beliefs, people who will come together to make a difference or to prove a point. These people are usually people higher up socially or economically, with experience, and or have previous understandings within the government system. Because these individuals participating in the pressure groups are typically respected, there is a good chance with a combined effort of change being made. These groups are effective and powerful but are not always acting to benefit the greater good of others with less of a say. Relating this to a case study about NAFTA, the pressure group involved was made up of a group of business men/ CEO’s who were mainly interested in their own wealth and growth. With their actions, they failed to acknowledge the damage they would be causing to the public, causing an extreme loss of jobs and other negative effects. Over all pressure groups and the use of lobbyists are an effective route to make change, but not always resulting in a fair and or positive outcome.

Petitions are another way to act on an issue. By having a large group of ordinary people sign a petition agreeing to a common issue, you can be sure that it is in the better interests of the public. Although the guide lines to make a valid petition is detailed, they are a simple way to tell the government that there is a public concern within the community. Petitions are a civil and not violent way to make change, but unfortunately have some downsides. They are not always the most reliably way to ask the government to address your issue because by law, the Canadian government is not obliged to address your concern even though they must read it. It is ultimately their decision weather they choose to consult the issue or address it no matter how many people signed off or how compelling the argument may be. Looking back at the HST case study, we see a positive time the petition method worked in a real-life scenario. When Canadians were not happy with the tax change from PST and GST to the 12% HST tax, they held a petition and an election was placed on this topic. In this case the petitions helped give the public a voice and resulted in the HST being repealed.

Lastly civil disobedience is a method used to get attention from the government. Advantages from civil disobedience would be from getting a wide range of attention and hopefully making the change you are working for. civil disobedience is when one, or a group of people break the law for a purpose, taking a stand to make a change. Unfortunately, this has not always worked very well in the past, it is not made to be violent but sometimes will resort to it, ex. Riots, rallies. In the Viola Desmond report, you will read about an extraordinary woman who took stand against racial discrimination by doing a simple act of resistance, through the form of civil disobedience. By simply sitting in the wrong section of a theatre she raised a lot of awareness towards her issue and made todays Canada so much more accepting to people of other races and equal human rights to all. Viola Desmond is proof that civil disobedience does not always have to be about committing a crime, causing an abrupt violent outbreak.

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