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Ethnic Cleansing Prompted by Greed

Type: Document

Since 1713, the former French colony of Acadia had been part of British Nova Scotia. The large population of francophone Roman Catholics was a source of worry and jealousy to the authorities, and in July 1755, Governor Lawrence deployed troops to forcibly deport the Acadians.

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Canada at War Again

Type: Document

The world went to war again in 1939 and Canada played a significant part in supplying the equipment, food and munitions to the Allied Forces. The rise of Canada’s industrial output was matched by many social changes in society, all of which laid the foundations of the Canadian welfare state following the war.

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Threat in the Pacific

Type: Document

Canada's Defence Plan No. 2 envisaged a war in the Pacific between Japan and the United States, and laid plans to protect Canada in such a conflict. In 1941, Canada sent two battalions to Hong Kong to support the British. The Pacific coast was ill-prepared until the invasion of the Aleutian islands and the shelling of Estevan Point in British Columbia by the Japanese Navy. Fear of a Japanese invasion created a panic and 22,000 Japanese-Canadians were interned.

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