Internal Problems Caused By World Conflicts
Internal Problems Caused By World Conflicts
Royal Canadian Navy officer confiscating a Japanese-Canadian fishing boat, December 9, 1941.(National Archives of Canada, PA-37468)
Canadian territory was never truly invaded during either of the World Wars, although German submarines were detected in the Gulf of St. Lawrence during the Second World War. Nonetheless, these world conflicts caused serious crises in our country and some minorities, originating from enemy countries, were treated very harshly as a result. Here, we present two internal problems caused by the worldwide conflicts: the conscription crisis during World War I (1917) and the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. Although the events feature very different contexts, players, and stakes, they had a significant impact on the country's internal policies.