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Robert Borden - Speech before the House of Commons, May 18, 1917 - WW1: Canadian Prime Ministers - Leadership During Wartime

Type: Document

Prime Minister Borden makes a speech to the House of Commons outlining his government's needs and rationale for introducing compulsory military enlistment on a selective basis.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

First World War - Government and Military - Conscription

Type: DocumentImage

A bibliography of sources that argue for and against conscription of Canadians during the First World War.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

From Colony to Country - South African War - Personal Stories - Journalists' Accounts

Type: Document

A source list of contemporary literature reflecting the differing views towards the South African War, as well as attitudes and sentiments prevalent at that time.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Mackenzie King - manpower and a total war effort, August 19, 1942 - WW2: Canadian Prime Ministers - Leadership During Wartime

Type: Document

Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King broadcasts an update to the Canadian people on the government's efforts, planning and coordination for a "total war effort."

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Canadian Illustrated News - Belgian Charity to French Soldiers at Namur (The War)

Type: Image

Illustration of Belgians offering refreshment to French soldiers at Namur during the Franco-Prussian War.

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First World War - General References - General Histories of the War

Type: Document

A bibliography of the Canada's transformation as a nation through participation in the First World War. Includes articles on topics such as conscription, censorship, war chronology, the human cost of war, as well as military society and popular culture.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Canada and the First World War - Did-you know that…. - They also served

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War with Germany brought the underlying fear of an "enemy from within" to the surface of Canadian society -- the "enemy" being German and Austro-Hungarian immigrants. More loathed than the alien in Canada were those who chose not to fight. Discusses the treatment of both of these groups of Canadian citizens during the First World War.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Mackenzie King - Address on the national security plebiscite, April 7, 1942 - WW2: Canadian Prime Ministers - Leadership During Wartime

Type: Document

Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King addresses the nation, asking Canadians to vote YES in upcoming referendum, to release his government from pre-election pledge never to introduce conscription as a means of military recruitment. He makes the case that this would then permit a parliamentary debate on the possible necessity of conscription as means of ensuring Canada play its part in an Allied victory in World War II.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

First World War - General References - The War and Canadian Society

Type: Document

A bibliography of sources that highlight the effects of the First World War on Canadian society. Topics include propaganda, race relations, economics, casualities, women in the workplace and prisoners of war.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Canada and the First World War - Did-you know that….

Type: Document

When we first think of war service, we often think about the horrifying and dangerous role of the soldier; however, Canadians also served the war effort on the home front. Discusses the various efforts made during the First World War, both on and off the battlefield.

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