Other Canadian achievements include women in the wars, and when Canada got its own flag. Firstly, women have been discriminated for a long time. During World War I, the only work a woman could find in the war was as a nurse behind the front line. In World War II, women were pushed to be accepted into official military service and they were successful. In 1941, the Canadian army, air force, and navy each created a women’s division in response to the demand. While there were still 4,500 women in the medical services at the end of the war, there were 50,000 women in uniform. While they still weren’t sent into front-line combat, that had important work behind the lines. They worked as mechanics, welders, armourers, or workers in armed forces headquarters. Some even worked as radio operators, guiding planes and ships back from battle missions. Even though they weren’t out at war, the women back home still played an important role. They, once again, prove that they could perform jobs that were previously thought to be a man’s job, and do just as well. In 1939, there were 638,000 women in the Canadian workforce. That number increased to 1,077,000 as the war waged on. Traditionally it had only been unmarried women who worked, but during WW2 it became patriotic for women of all marital statuses to take on jobs. Canadian women are finally allowed to do what men can do and were successful at it. This is a great achievement because women are finally being recognized for what they are capable of. Also, Canada played an important role in the liberation of the Netherlands. At that time, the Netherlands were occupied by Germans. They were suffering from hunger and hardship as German occupiers became more desperate. Around the years 1944 and 1945, Canadians stepped in. From then on, close ties with the Netherlands remain. This is a significant moment because it is another example of Canada fighting for peace, doing good in the world and growing as a nation. Next, Canada finally getting its own official flag. It was just another step away from the nations previous dependence on Britain. Up until 1965, Canada had shared an official flag, the Union Jack, with Britain. In June 1964, the Liberals submitted a design for a new flag to Parliament. The design had two blue stripes on either side to represent the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Many people were not fond of dropping the colour red, as it symbolizes Canada’s ties to Britain, including veterans. After months of controversy, the flag we know today was suggested by an all-party parliamentary committee. It was accepted with a final vote of 63 for and 78 against. The new Canadian flag flew for the first time on February 15th 1965. Another achievement was in 1969. The Official Language Act was passed, officially making Canada a bilingual country. The act guaranteed that all documents, reports, speeches, and pamphlets issued to the public would be written in both English and French. It was recommended by the Bi and Bi Commission. Pierre Trudeau, who was Prime Minister at the time, described bilingualism as the most important issue in French-English relations since the conscription crisis. The Official Languages Act is a significant act in Canadian history as the country’s bilingualism is something many Canadians are now proud of. It is also something we are known for around the world.
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