Canada's Helping Hand

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Introduction ANC-C95746 M24608.34 ANC-C42420 F.85.11 1918-4 ANC-C116588 M2011. II-229912.0


The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the catalyst that led to the first of the two global wars. However, Canadian citizens had never been exposed to this information. On August 4, 1914, a telegraph arrived to the Governor General of Canada, Duke of Connaught, informing him that Britain was at war with Germany. Canada blindly entered World War I, despite being oblivious to its background causes. This results in a question that is common among many Canadian citizens: Why enter a war when you have no role in it?