Canada's Growing Autonomy

Canada's Growing Autonomy

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  • Canada's Journey to Independence 
  • Canada's Growing Autonomy 
  • Well dear, it looks like we'll be going to war with Turkey
  • The Chanak Affair
  • Why?! We shouldn't have to go just because G.B. is...
  • The Halibut Treaty
  • Dad said that King signed the treaty with the US, now we'll have lots of fish!!
  • The 1920's and 1930's were a big deal for Canada becoming independent from Great Britain and as you will see, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King had a lot to do with that!!
  • King-Byng Crisis 
  • Your Majesty, The Canadian Government has Resigned!!  
  • William Lyon Mackenzie King refused to join Great Britain and France in the fight against Turkey, further separating Canada from Great Britain, because King believed that we should make our own decision about going to war.
  • Balfour Report
  • Welcome British Colonies
  • Great Britain assumed that they would sign the fishing treaty between Canada and the US (like always!), but this time King argued Canada can handle it and shouldn't need GB permission to sign treaties 
  • The Statute of Westminster
  • The Statue of WestminsterLegally, Great Britain can no longer make laws for it's colonies However Canada will still continue to be part of the British Common WealthSigned,Great Britain
  • When PM King asked Governor General Byng to dissolve Parliament and call an election, he refused. Canadians weren't happy that a representative of the Queen had so much control over Canadian politics. 
  • All because the Governor General wouldn't let them dissolve Parliament and call an election!!   
  • Leaders from formal colonies went to London, England. At the Imperial Conference, it was decided that Britain could no longer make decisions for Canada and the Role of the Governor General was redefined, all of this was outlined in the Balfour Report 
  • The Balfour Report became Law in 1931, sometimes referred to Canada's Declaration of Independence.
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