Why was the Chanak Crisis significant to Canada?

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The Chanak Crisis, also called the Chanak Affair, was an incident which broke out in Turkey in September 1922 in which Turkish troops threatened to attack British and French forces who were stationed nearby. It may seem strange that an affair in Turkey might affect the Canadians but, when the crisis surfaced, Britain sent a telegram to the Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie, asking for military support against the Turks. Britain expected that Canada would oblige this request immediately but Mackenzie did no such thing. Instead, he passed the matter to the Canadian Parliament but, by the time they had decided, the Chanak Crisis had already passed. This sent a strong message to Britain that Canada wanted more independence in its foreign policy and that it would not automatically bow to British demands - an important step in the movement towards Canada's total independence. 

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