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Recruitment and Conscription
As the war advanced, more and more Canadian soldiers died in combat, and the need for more recruits became pressing. Many men volunteered, but they weren't enough. The spector of conscription loomed and became a reality.
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Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis
1991, director: Erna Buffie
The Government held a plebiscite in April 1942, asking...
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Il était une guerre
1959, director: Louis Portugais
Getting married was one way of avoiding military service....
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Wings on Her Shoulder
1943, director: Jane Marsh
Thousands of women were keen to join Canada's WWII military...
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Filmed interview with a specialist
Jacques Lacoursière talks about conscription in Canada.

2008 View the interview (7:34) »»
Archives
(1942)
Canada's New Army Needs Men Like You
The appeal to collective memory, historical heroes and mythical figures to exalt values...
(1942)
Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King Voting in the Plebiscite of 1942
After declaring war on Germany on September 10, 1939 with the promise that only volunteers...
(1941)
Canadian Army Recruiting Office
The Canadian Forces expanded enormously from 1939 to 1944. The number of men and women in...
(1939)
Anti-conscription Demonstration
This anti-conscription demonstration was organized by students at Université de Montréal...
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