Milestones - 2016
The first provinces to grant women the right to vote in 1916 were Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This was an early step in the path to equality and women's rights.
In 1841, Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin, as well as Joseph Howe in Nova Scotia, worked to establish a responsible government, the system that we have today. Lafontaine, a champion of democracy and French-language rights, became the first leader of a responsible government.
The first French-Canadian Prime Minister after Confederation, Sir Wilfrid Laurier (born November 20, 1841) encouraged immigration to the West of Canada. Laurier was Prime Minister during a period of major industrialization and oversaw the inclusion of Alberta and Saskatchewan into Confederation. In 1910, he led the creation of the Royal Canadian Navy.
The raids of 1866 furthered the cause of Confederation by encouraging a united defence. The defence of the extensive Canadian border against Irish-American raiders was victorious and showed the devotion of Canadians to their nation. A number of Canadian Forces regiments can trace their heritage back to this time period.
While this historic offensive decimated the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, it also prepared Canadians for their success at Vimy Ridge. The battalion was subsequently recognized for its unwavering bravery in the face of trying conditions.
Learn more about commemorating the centennial of the First World War.
The battle of Hong Kong was 17 and a half days of intense fighting. When Allied forces were overrun on Christmas Day, December 25, 1941, those who had survived the battle found themselves in what would become four years of captivity in prisoner-of-war and Japanese work camps.
Learn more about commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.
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