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Lecture 14 Part 2 - WWI

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History 2201E
Linda Sabathy- Judd

Lecture 14 Part 2 - World War I  War o Ross rifle replaced by the Lee Enfield rifle o Enthusiasm died quickly when they realized how many people were being killed o French Canadian enlistment dropped quickly o French Canadian nationalism reemerged  Had no emotional ties to Britain  Recruiting officers were English Protestants who didn’t speak French  Wanted to have their own units in the army, not granted for a long time  French-English relations tense during this time o Just not enough people to enlist to support the war, total carnage in Europe  Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden o Went to Europe and saw the need for men o Conscription the only way to solve the problem  Huge issue, Borden in a very tough spot o May 1917 – Borden forms a coalition government  Wartime Union Government  Took liberals into his cabinet forming a government together o June 1917 – Military Service Bill introduced  Bitterly debated in parliament  Becomes the Military Services Act  Borden called an election on the issue, to see if his Union Government would stand, it did  English overwhelming in favour, French wanted nothing to do with it o Wartimes Elections Act – 1917  Gives women the vote who have
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