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"Fifty thousand Canadian soldiers under the sod in Europe is the price Canada has paid for the European statesmanship which drenched the continent in blood."
Newton W. Rowell, 8 December 1920
"May I be permitted to add that in this Association of Mutual Insurance against fire, the risks assumed by the different States are not equal? We live in a fire-proof house, far from inflammable materials. A vast ocean separates us from Europe."
Raoul Dandurand, speech, 2 October 1924
"No interest in Ethiopia, of any nature whatever, is worth the life a single Canadian citizen. No consideration could justify participation in such a war."
Ernest Lapointe, 1935
"We do not believe that isolation from interest in world affairs is possible for Canada. No happening of any magnitude abroad [Italio-Ethiopian conflict] is without its repercussions on our fortunes and our future."
W. L. Mackenzie King, 18 June 1936
Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King visiting Berlin. LAC PA-119013, [King was impressed by Adolf Hitler and supported the British Prime Minister in appeasing Germany.], June 1937
"Opposition to participation in war, any war, is growing. It is not believed that Canada itself is in any danger. It is felt that the burdens left by our participation in the last war are largely responsible for present financial difficulties. There is outspoken rejection of the theory that whenever and wherever conflict arises in Europe, Canada can be expected to send armed forces overseas to help solve the quarrels of continental countries about which Canadians know little and which, they feel, know and care less about Canada's difficulties – and particularly if a powerful country like the United States assumes no similar obligation."
W. L. Mackenzie King, 1937
President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Rt. Hon. W.L. Mackenzie King. LAC, PA-052569, Kingston, ON, 18 August 1938
"I give you assurance that the people of the United States will not stand idly by if domination of Canadian soil is threatened by any other Empire."
Franklin D. Roosevelt, address, Kingston, 18 August 1938
"The idea that every twenty years this country should automatically and as a matter of course take part in a war overseas for democracy or self-determination of other small nations, that a country which has all it can do to run itself should feel called upon to save, periodically, a continent that cannot run itself, and to these ends risk the lives of its people, risk bankruptcy and political disunion, seems to many a nightmare and sheer madness."
W. L. M. King, March 1939
His Majesty King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting Quebec. LAC, C-036289, Québec, Québec, 1939
King George VI delivering a radio broadcast to the Empire on Empire Day. Le roi George VI diffusant un message aux sujets de l'Empire britannique le jour de l'Empire. LAC, PA-122957 National Film Board 24 May 1939
Professor Mamlock, a film telling the story of brave men and women who battle Nazi barbarism. Russian dialogue, English subtitles. LAC, Acc. No. R738-119 Sydney Newman 1939