Canada’s World War in August 1914. The Canadian government

Canada’s political system is based upon a democratic system which means that Canadian citizens have the power to choose who represents and governs their country. Parliament’s lower house is made up of a various number of seats, one for each riding. Each citizen elects a candidate for a seat in their riding to represent an electoral district for any law to be passed. Each law is elected by the majority rule in the Parliament. No system is perfect which causes troubles during the times of wars. Some representatives might disagree with a law while some agree and this might conclude in a delay of the vote. During the times of war, the government cannot afford any delay and might end up violating the definition of a democratic system in order to provide security for the country. During the times like this, the government might enact War Measures Act which was once used during the three major events; World War I, World War II, and October Crisis. War Measures Act is a federal statute that was adopted by Parliament in 1914 after the uprising of First World War. It gave Canadian government powers to maintain peace, order, and security during the wartime and times of crisis. War Measures Act completely violates the idea of the democratic system and according to citizens and various historians, this act wasn’t necessary and it stole the right to freedom and speech from the citizens. Though, the War Measures Act is a beneficial act for the government and the country as it helps to protect Canada and its citizens. Even though it caused short-term harms. It was really beneficial during the times of First and Second World War, and October Crisis. (285)Argument 1War Measures Act was created when Great Britain entered the First World War in August 1914. The Canadian government decided to gain power and control over the affairs of the country in order to successfully fight in the war without issues about military equipment, food, shortage of soldiers, etc.  The Act allowed the government to carry out any actions needed to secure, defend, create peace, order and welfare in Canada.Evidence 1The time War Measures Act came into the force, enemy aliens were arrested and forced to fill in jobs in order to protect and maintain the military. (https://canadalibre.ca & www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca) Approximately 8,579 enemy aliens (nationals of German, Turkish and Austro-Hungarian empires) were authorized internment and these prisoners were supposed to report to the government every day. The government arrested people if they had reasonable grounds to believe that they were engaged in illegal activities or were planning against Canada. 5,000 of the prisoners were from Ukrainian while others were Germans, Italians, Poles, Turks, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Russians, Croatians, and Jews. Enemy aliens were also forced in to fill in jobs such as road building, maintaining, mining and railway construction due to the shortage of workers. In total, 24 internment camps were established and the end only 2000 of the prisoners were planning against Canada. Arresting people who were suspects was a great move by the government as it assured Canada’s battle strategy will not be leaked out to Germany or other countries and it assured that suspected people will not turn Canadian citizens against the government. It allowed the military to focus on the government rather than in-country issues and when free labor filled in the jobs, it made men to sign up as a soldier rather than filling in those jobs. A huge amount of money was saved too that was spent on the military maintenance during the war.Evidence 2