Autonomy Timeline

  • Paris Peace Conference

    Paris Peace Conference
    The Paris Peace Conference was the meeting of the Allied victors following the end of World War I to set the peace terms for the defeated Central Powers following the armistices of 1918. It took place in Paris during 1919 and involved diplomats from more than 32 countries and nationalities.The British Dominion governments were not originally granted separate invitations to the conference, but rather were expected to send representatives as part of the British Empire delegation.
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  • The Chanak Crisis

    The Chanak Crisis
    The Chanak Crisis, in September 1922 was the threatened attack by Turkish troops on British and French troops stationed near Çanakkale (Chanak) to guard the Dardanelles neutral zone.
  • The Halibut Treaty

    The Halibut Treaty
    The treaty established the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) as a mechanism for the joint management of the Pacific halibut which, at that time, was in severe decline.It was the first treaty negotiated by Canada, independent of Britain. Before this time Canada had always looked to Britain to ratify any international agreements they made.
  • The King-Byng Crisis

    The King-Byng Crisis
    The King–Byng Affair was a Canadian constitutional crisis that occurred in 1926, when the Governor General of Canada, the Lord Byng of Vimy, refused a request by his prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, to dissolve parliament and call a general election.
  • The Balfour Report

    The Balfour Report
    The Declaration accepted the growing political and diplomatic independence of the Dominions, in the years after World War I. It also recommended that the governors-general, the representatives of the King who acted for the Crown as de facto head of state in each dominion, should no longer also serve automatically as the representative of the British government in diplomatic relations between the countries.
  • The Statute of Westminster

    The Statute of Westminster
    Despite the fact that the Statute of Westminster applied to Canada without any need for ratification in its parliament, the British North America Acts—the written elements (in 1931) of the Canadian constitution—were excluded from the application of the statute. This was the result of disagreements between the Canadian provinces and the federal government over how the British North America Acts could be amended, otherwise. These disagreements were resolved only in time for the passage of the Cana