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Conscription Divides Canada


This excerpt from the biography of Henri BOURASSA highlights the conflict over conscription:

“[Bourassa] repudiated the Union government formed by [Prime Minister Sir Robert Laird] Borden in the fall and joined forces with [Liberal leader Sir Wilfrid] Laurier in an effort to defeat him in the election of 17 December [1917]. Together, they swept the polls in the angry province of Quebec, but they were crushed in English Canada. In the divided country, Bourassa tended to support isolation for French Canadians, but not separation from the rest of Canada.”

To find out more about why conscription created dissension, explore the biographies listed below.

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