Pride and Prejudice: Canada's International Legacy

By: Paolo Callea

Canada has many events in history that make me proud to be a Canadian. These moments helped to define what our country has become today. Out of all of these moments, I chose three of them to talk about in detail. These events were The Second Battle of Ypres in World War I, The Juno Beach Raid during D-Day in World War II, and The Suez Canal Crisis.

The Second Battle of Ypres

The Second Battle of Ypres fought from the 21st of April to the 25th of May 1915. This battle was the first time Germans successfully used poison gas against the Allies. On April 22nd, 168 tons of chlorine gas was released. The French Algerian forces retreated, but the Canadians did not give up so easily. They attempted to stand their ground, and by doing this they earned Canada some respect as a brave, determined country. Both Canadian troops and Canada itself gained more respect from other countries around the world. Canada gaining a reputation among other countries was a big moral booster to the troops and to all the other citizens still in Canada. Although many Canadians lost their lives in this battle, it was a crucial step in giving Canada and its troops the motivation they needed.

The Juno Beach Raid

D-Day on Juno Beach was a huge event for the Allies and Canada. On June 6th, 1944, the Allied Forces landed on beaches in Normandy, France. Of the five beaches that were attacked, Juno Beach hold the most importance to Canadians. At 8:00 am, 21,400 Canadian soldiers landed on the Beach. The first group of soldiers had an estimated 50/50 chance of survival. These soldier fought with courage and bravery. They fought so well that the amount of casualties were half of what was estimated. This was a great victory for Canada. It showed that Canadians could fight, and that they could accomplish great things.

The Suez Canal Crisis

The Suez Canal Crisis was a defining moment in Canada's history because it displayed how Canada was an important global figure. The actions of Canada helped to avoid a major war. On July 26th, 1965, Egypt took over the Suez Canal, which had been operated by the British and French. The British became worried, because the Canal was an important source of oil for Britain. Britain, France, and Israel began plotting to attack, and they started bombing the Canal area. They were talked into a cease-fire, and United Nations Peace Keeping forces took control of the area. Lester B. Pearson, Canada's foreign minister, and later Prime Minister, came up with the idea of a large Peace Keeping force. Canada from then on was, and still is, seen as a very important global figure. Canada is also a major peace keeping nation.

These three events that I chose are only some of the many defining moments that have helped to build and shape Canada. These events have helped to show that Canada and its citizens are brave, can accomplish great things, and is an incredibly important global figure and leader. Canada has, and will continue it be a positive influence in the rest of the world.

My Sources:

The Second Battle of Ypres

The Juno Beach Raid (D-Day)

The Suez Canal Crisis

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