CBC celebrates 75 years of Politics (Clip 1)


We start with the Second World War and conscription. During the First World War, the issue of compulsory military service had bitterly divided English Canadians who reacted with patriotic fervour, and French Canadians who felt no allegiance to England. When conscription was enacted in 1917 there were riots in Quebec. So as war broke out in Europe once again, Prime Minister MacKenzie King promised that this time there would be no overseas conscription. But by 1942 the volunteers were running dry, and King was forced to revisit the issue. And for just the second time in Canada’s history Canadians were asked to vote in a referendum or plebiscite. Prime Minister King took to the airwaves to help persuade Canadians to vote yes.

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