Halibut Treaty


Source: Textbook
1923, The Halibut Treaty was a compromise of Canada and America regarding fishing rights in the Northern Pacific Ocean. Mackenzie King wanted Canada to sign the Halibut Treaty without signature of British representative. British wanted to continue their royal right to sign global alliance on Canada’s side. Britain tried to force Mackenzie King granting their representative sign the treaty, he asserted the case is between Canada and America. He warned to organize a self-reliant Canadian representative in Washington, and Britain abandoned. Basically he rejected to let them sign the treaty, and it was a major u-turn in the relation of Canada and Britain. It showed Canada as a more independent country, as it was the first time they went against Britishers wish.


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