The sun was out today, we have been barely getting work done due to the inconstant change of our nation’s weather. I have woken up early to do extra labour with my 5 layers of clothing to avoid frostbite that could have happened in about 10 minutes. Unfortunately, I had not been very well avoiding that cause. I went to town this afternoon with a friend of mine, it had been hours that passed by when we had gotten the tragic news. The British Prime Minister has declared war on Germany, and just a few hours later we had received the news of one of the passenger ship, SS Athenia, had sunk due to the attack of the german submarine.
Although we ought to mourn over passengers, our nation will need to rise to this tragic commotion. I had thought to myself that it all sounded too familiar, as with the news of the Prime Minister’s declaration, it is doubtful that Canada would soon follow its lead. Everyone was in a panic when they heard the motion or, at least, the French people were, it was known that Canada would follow their footsteps. I had thought about joining the army but I have a family to take care of and going to war was never an option. It was never in my thoughts in the first place, but due to the lack of jobs, it makes it just hard to not consider.
As always, Mother was not happy towards this news, as my father had fought in the Great World War in 1917. Lucile, my mother who is a French-Canadian and my father was an Englishman, my mother disapproved of my father serving for our nation. I had thought that sooner or later the English colony would soon declare war after what happened with the League of Nations.
I, myself was humiliated to be known as partly English, I had thought that we were a laughing stock by allowing Japan invade Manchuria. I had blamed the weak and service leaders who have not stood up to aggression. It was as if they were looking for a war themselves, as the league’s own members betrayed it and let it down. As it could not get any worse, they had followed their failure by letting Abyssinia be conquered by the Italians. Again, no one took it seriously. I just hope that the English ought to not let Germany step all over them, as they previously had done leading the League of Nations. They have been failing to lead the League and the only way to have stop the Germans were to declare war. I just wish that the English get their acts together as they will not be the only one going down with their mistakes.
It was a shame to have the League crumbled to pieces, the League of Nations had been quite successful during the 1920s, yet failed miserably towards the end in 1935. It was their fault, they had let the countries slipped out of their hands. So I thought that eventually, if Japan is prepared to betray its treaty promises and the covenant of the league, then all hopes of “collective security” are meaningless- war is on the way. Let us just hope Canada will make a stand of their own.