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Throughout the twentieth century Canada has undergone many monumental revolutions in its development Canada has become a land of immense opportunity rich with natural resources and through its partnership with the United States of America Canada has made many vast improvements politically technologically economically and socially There have been many decades that have shaped what Canada is today however the 1950s was the most influential decade to Canadian historyThroughout Canadian history there have been many political impacts that have molded Canada However the 1950s was the most influential decade politically in Canadian history because this was the decade in which women and marginalized groups were able to become part of Parliament and the Senate First in Canada during the fifties being part of Parliament was very strict Generally only white men were allowed to be part of Parliament and the Senate If one were to be of any other race it was highly frowned upon However in 1959 under John F Diefenbakers Conservative government the first Status Indian man known as James Gladstone became the first man of a minority group to be appointed to the Senate Parliament of Canada 2012 Furthermore in 1957 the Progressive Conservative party won a federal election and the new Prime Minister John Diefenbaker appointed the first female Ellen Fairclough the position of Secretary of State for Canada and in 1958 University of Saskatchewan 2012 Fairclough then became Minister of Citizenship and Immigration During her time as Immigration Minister Fairclough introduced many new and moving policies that helped eliminate racial discrimination in regards to immigration She also initiated a more liberal policy on refugees and increased the number of immigrants allowed into Canada Next throughout Canadian history the parliamentary and government structure was extremely prejudicial and sexist only allowing men to vote Although there were slight changes early in the twentieth century the 1950s was the decade in which most citizens received the right to vote In 1950 the policy
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