Asked by: Joaquin Mahlein
asked in category: General Last Updated: 9th January, 2020

Did Canada ever have conscription?

The federal government enacted conscription in both the First World War and the Second World War, creating sharp divisions between English-speaking Canadians, who tended to support the practice, and French-speaking Canadians, who generally did not. Canada does not currently have mandatory military service.

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Just so, when did conscription start in Canada?


Subsequently, question is, why did French Canadians not want conscription? Almost all French Canadians opposed conscription; they felt that they had no particular loyalty to either Britain or France. Led by Henri Bourassa, they felt their only loyalty was to Canada. English Canadians supported the war effort as they felt stronger ties to the British Empire.

Also question is, how did conscription affect Canada?

For many Canadians, it was an important and necessary contribution to a faltering war effort; for others, it was an oppressive act passed dishonestly by a government more British than Canadian. Conscription would have minimal impact on Canada's war effort.

When was the conscription law passed?

During the Civil War, the U.S. Congress passes a conscription act that produces the first wartime draft of U.S. citizens in American history. The act called for registration of all males between the ages of 20 and 45, including aliens with the intention of becoming citizens, by April 1.

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