We asked: How do you think the First World War changed the way Canada developed?

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Published on August 26, 2014

Chris Clarke of Liverpool: “My understanding is that the battle of Vimy Ridge pulled Canada together as a nation and they fought… as a nation there rather than as an extension of the British Empire. It was a Canadian effort and I think that focused Canada as a country, albeit it took a long time.”

Published on August 26, 2014

James Garbutt of Toronto:

“I think the First World War was fundamental to our development as a nation. I think as much as it cost the country in terms of lives lost, it gave our country a sense of pride and nationalism that greatly helped benefit our development as a nation.”

 

Published on August 26, 2014

Robyn Gaetz of Lower Vaughan:

“I think it shaped Canada into being more of a peaceful country… and more focused on helping its people more than investing in war. They don’t seem to focus so much on military, they seem to focus more on the people that live here than war.

“I’m an American… it’s very peaceful here. You don’t see as much money being sunk into the military here as you do in the United States. Canada helps its people.”

Published on August 26, 2014

Douglas Smith of Digby:

We weren't really Canadians then, we were a group of people fighting with the British who were calling ourselves Canadians. The First World War gave us an image of ourselves as a nation.

Published on August 26, 2014

Chris Atwood of Yarmouth:

 “I think after World War I (Canada’s agricultural industry) became more mechanized and I think we really entered the industrial age. In terms of some of the development that took place during World War I, things that were used for armaments ended up being transformed into pesticides and things like that, so I really think that it thrust Canada into the industrial age.”

Leading up to Remembrance Day, TC Media weekly newspapers in western Nova Scotia will be highlighting stories connected to the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

With the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War upon us we asked: 

How do you think the First World War changed the way Canada developed?

You answered: 

Douglas Smith of Digby:

We weren't really Canadians then, we were a group of people fighting with the British who were calling ourselves Canadians. The First World War gave us an image of ourselves as a nation.

James Garbutt of Toronto:

“I think the First World War was fundamental to our development as a nation. I think as much as it cost the country in terms of lives lost, it gave our country a sense of pride and nationalism that greatly helped benefit our development as a nation.”

Chris Atwood of Yarmouth:

 “I think after World War I (Canada’s agricultural industry) became more mechanized and I think we really entered the industrial age. In terms of some of the development that took place during World War I, things that were used for armaments ended up being transformed into pesticides and things like that, so I really think that it thrust Canada into the industrial age.”

Robyn Gaetz of Lower Vaughan:

“I think it shaped Canada into being more of a peaceful country… and more focused on helping its people more than investing in war. They don’t seem to focus so much on military, they seem to focus more on the people that live here than war.

“I’m an American… it’s very peaceful here. You don’t see as much money being sunk into the military here as you do in the United States. Canada helps its people.”

Chris Clarke of Liverpool: “My understanding is that the battle of Vimy Ridge pulled Canada together as a nation and they fought… as a nation there rather than as an extension of the British Empire. It was a Canadian effort and I think that focused Canada as a country, albeit it took a long time.”

Organizations: British Empire

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia, Toronto Vaughan United States Liverpool Vimy Ridge

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