M965.199.4063 | Ready and Waiting

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Drawing, cartoon
Ready and Waiting
John Collins
About 1939, 20th century
Ink, crayon and graphite on card
38.6 x 28 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , war (1452)
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Keys to History

Canada was strongly bound to Britain by ties of blood and culture. These ties were evidenced by the immensely successful visit to Canada by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. The visit did much to reinforce the loyalty of Canadians to Britain. This attitude was nicely summed up by Conservative leader of the opposition Dr. Robert Manion on September 1, 1939, who stated, "There can be no neutrality for Canada while Britain is engaged in a war of life and death." Canada and other members of the Commonwealth showed their allegiance to Britain by supporting the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and by committing troops to the war.

  • What

    By drawing the members of the British Commonwealth lined up in single file at the door of the Empire recruiting office, the cartoonist is underscoring their loyalty to the British Empire.

  • Where

    This cartoon was published in Montreal, a major manufacturer of goods needed by Britain.

  • When

    This cartoon was published soon after the start of the war.

  • Who

    Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia were all members of the British Commonwealth.