Monday, December 17, 2012

Statute of Westminster anniversary

I see the date was December 11, not December 17, but The Canadian Encyclopedia Online marks the ratification of the Statute of Westminster in 1931 with an essay by Norman Hillmer, much of which focusses on the subject of his forthcoming biography, Canadian foreign policy architect Oscar Skelton.

Today's anniversary is the foundation of the Commonwealth Air Training Scheme just eight years later. Prime Minister King rather hoped it would be a substitute for Canadians actually having to fight in this new European war.  Fond hope!
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