Essay about Revolutionized Relationship

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One of the major problems associated with a bilingual country, inevitably, is national unity. In Canada, national unity usually refers to the relations between both the French and English Canadians. English-French relations have always been unstable, ever since the English conquest on the French in the late 1800s. In the twentieth century, this link was further depreciated primarily because of conscriptions during the First and Second World War along with the Quiet Revolution and the October Crisis. Conscription during the First and Second World War was one of the initial major causes that began the deterioration of French-English relations largely because the French had no desire to go to war. The Quiet Revolution was an effort to…show more content…
The recruiting effort in Quebec had failed horribly, so Canada resulted in conscription, which was their only unused option that promised more success in recruiting French English volunteers. French Canadians felt that they had no particular loyalty to either Britain or France, and because of this, almost all of them apposed conscription. In 1917 a crisis arose know as the Conscription Crisis. It triggered a substantial gap along ethnic lines among Francophones and Anglophones. After the English-Canadians visited Britain in May for a meeting of First Ministers in 1917, it was announced by Borden that a Military Service Act was going to be introduced. The Act was passed on August 29th, 1917, allowing Borden to conscript men at his on will if he felt that it necessary. The act was enforced in 1918 on the 1st of January. Because of this, 404,385 men liable for military served, 385,510 of which sought exemption. Anti-war French-Canadians set off a violent riot in 1918 from March 28th to April 1st. Around fifteen thousand rioters ransacked the conscription registration, and even two newspapers that were pro-conscription in Quebec City. The violence continued on Easter Monday; it was the one of the bloodiest conflicts. Rioters were armed and began to fire at troops from hidden positions, and as a result, the soldiers fired back to defend themselves after they were ordered to. After the first day of
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