The Conscription Crisis Of World War One

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A famous quote by Canadian Prime Minister, Mackenzie King, in World War Two is, “Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription” (Persico, 199). The conscription crisis during World War One and World War Two had a negative effect on Canadian society. First of all, the Conscription Crisis of World War One, taking place between 1917 and 1918, introduced many important events for Canadian history. Furthermore, in World War Two, conscription is established yet again between 1944 and 1945. This reintroduction of conscription took place for many reasons, and led to a negative impact throughout Canada. Lastly, many people attempted to prevent conscription, such as Prime Minister McKenzie King. Therefore the conscription crisis of World War One had a negative effect on Canada. Conscription was initially created during “The Great War,” also known as World War One, by Canada’s Prime Minister Robert Borden. Robert Borden introduced the Conscription Bill, also known as the Military Service Act. Canada introduced Conscription for many reasons, but mainly due to the lack of volunteers. Casualties were rising and fewer men were volunteering for a sure death in no-man’s land (Perisco, 198). By the beginning of October 1914, 30,000 Canadians volunteered for war. However, enlistments fell and the number dropped drastically when men began to recognize the number of casualties caused by battle. Families were unwilling to sacrifice their men and Canada could see that battle field

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