Canadians are beginning to see their country’s role in the world in a new light. For centuries, we were a footnote to the European colonial powers. Our first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, declared, “A British subject I was born; a British subject I will die.” In August, 1914, when Britain declared war against Germany and its allies, Canada was automatically at war – and many still see the battle of Vimy Ridge three years later as this country’s coming of age. In 1939, Canada made a small gesture of independence when, after Great Britain declared war against Germany, the government waited a week to formally join the fight.
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