Canada Continued to Struggle for its Independence.

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Canada successfully continued its progress towards greater national

independence, by taking small steps to their independent victories, during the

time in the Paris Peace Conference, the Chanak affair, the Halibut Treaty,

Imperial Conference and Balfour Declaration, and the Statute of Westminister.

The First step Canada took was during the the end of a great war in the Paris

Peace Conference.

As the war was ending, Sir Robert Borden believed that Canada should take its

own place in the peace settlement. That is when, Borden insisted that Canada

would sit at the peace conference in its own right, because Canada had

sacrificed in war and deserve equal treatment. In the end, Canada was given two

seats at the Paris Peace Conference and signed the treaty of Versailles. This

showed that Canada was becoming more mature and separate from Britain. Another

step was taken in Canada that proved Canada was more independent, was during the

Chanak Affair.

Another gentlemen also stepped up to Britain, and told Britain that they would

have to consult the Parliament before they could send Canada to the war with

Turkey during the Chanak Affair. That man was Mackenzie King, Canada's Prime

Minister during the 1922. As part of the peace treaty agreements after would war

one, Britain had agreed to keep some troops in Chanak (a village in turkey), to

keep the Dardanelles, straits that linked the Black sea to the Mediterranean

Sea, a neutral territory. However the small British garrison was threatened by

Turkish force which lead Britain to call upon its empire to help it protect the

straits. Mackenzie King announced that "Canada would no longer automatically

commit to fight at Britons side whenever the British Command it" because, King

did not want to send troops to Chanak without first Consulting Canada's

Parliament (which...