At the end of the First World War, the Canadian prime minister, Robert Borden, insisted that Canada and the other dominions send delegations to the Paris Peace Conference. The British government agreed to Borden's request but had to overcome objections raised by the United States and, to a lesser degree, France. While the Canadian delegation had little to do with the actual peace negotiations, its inclusion at the conference represented Allied recognition of the Canadian Corps' contribution to the war effort and its de facto fully autonomous status gained as a result of participation in the war.

 

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