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Lecture 16 Part 4 – Internal Wartime Politics

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Western University
History 2201E
Linda Sabathy- Judd

Lecture 16 Part 4 – Internal Wartime Politics  Internal Wartime Politics o King Prime Minister from 1935 – 1945 o Proved himself as a politician o Puts his best people as his first ministers o “No conscription for overseas duty under any circumstances” King’s major promise  1940 – war not going well for the Allies in Europe; resulted in shortage of troops able to fight  Colonel J.L. Ralston in support of conscription, King disagreed and promised otherwise; King replaces him  Important to keep French and English Canadians united  Hoped to appeal to the people for more people to volunteer for the army; managed to get 48,000 more volunteers but majority were not fit to fight o King squares off with his enemy Arthur Meighen, leader of the Conservatives and the official Opposition o King remained adamant for no conscription, had support of his entire cabinet  Introduces National Resources Mobilization Act
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