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Interwar Foreign Policy
Politique étrangère de l'entre-deux-guerres

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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







 







 







   



"Canada is a fire-proof house, far from the source of the conflagration."
                                                                          Raoul Dandurand, 1925 


 








 







 







 



"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



 
 

 
   

   
 

 
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  
 

 

 

 
 
 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 




 
































































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