English & French Relations

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Quebec is a large part of Canada's history. It was one of the first provinces to join the confederation in 1867 . With its population of 6.7 million Quebec is the home to nearly 25 percent of Canada's population . Québec has the majority of French-speaking Canadians in Canada. French and English relations have declined in the past century. There are many factors that caused this damage but several events in Canadian history largely affected Canada's relationship with Québec and French-Canada.

Conscription was use by the Canadian government in both world wars and it required citizens to be recruited to military services . Conscription is "compulsory enlistment for military service." During World War I casualties at the front was increasing. A shortage of soldiers was occurring over seas. Recruitment in Canada was slow, and the need of manpower increased. One reason for the lack of volunteers was because the Canadian military did not create any French-speaking regiments.

During training troops were given instructions in English. All this contributed to a negative response to the Canadian military and English Canada.

The Prime Minister at the time was Sir Robert Borden. He was determined to end the military shortage. Wilfrid Laurier, the leader of the Liberal party refused conscription. Many French Canadians opposed to conscription as well, they didn't want to be force into a British conflict. They argue that Canada had done enough in the war. So he feared that French Canada would be against conscription and promote Henri Bourassa and his party . English-Canada supported conscription because of their close relations with Britain and the need to support the common wealth. But French-Canada resented conscription because they had no relations with Britain and the felt that they shouldn't be pushed into a European war.

Later in 1916, there were not...