What was the National Resources Mobilisation Act (1940)?

Introduction The National Resources Mobilisation Act, 1940 (4 George VI, Chap. 13) was a statute of the Parliament of Canada passed to provide for better planning of a much greater Canadian war effort (World War II), both overseas and in military production at home. Scope Modelled on the British Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939, as… Read More

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What was the Military Voters Act (1917)?

Introduction The Military Voters Act was a World War I piece of Canadian legislation passed in 1917, giving the right to vote to all Canadian soldiers. The act was significant for swinging the newly enlarged military vote in the Union Party’s favour, and in that it gave a large number of Canadian women the right… Read More

What was the Conscription Crisis of 1917?

Introduction The Conscription Crisis of 1917 (French: Crise de la conscription de 1917) was a political and military crisis in Canada during World War I. It was mainly caused by disagreement on whether men should be conscripted to fight in the war, but also brought out many issues regarding relations between French Canadians and English… Read More

What was the Wartime Elections Act (1917)?

Introduction The Canadian Wartime Elections Act was a bill passed on September 20, 1917 by the Conservative government of Robert Borden during the Conscription Crisis of 1917 and was instrumental in pushing Liberals to join the Conservatives in the formation of the Canadian Unionist government. While the bill was an explicit attempt to get more… Read More

An Overview of Canada and the Vietnam War

Introduction The Vietnam War had considerable effects on Canada, but Canada and Canadians also affected the war. The Canadian government did not participate in the war. It contributed to peacekeeping forces in 1973 to help enforce the Paris Peace Accords. Privately, some Canadians contributed to the war effort. Canadian corporations sold war material to the… Read More

Who was Olavi Laiho?

Introduction Mauno Olavi Laiho (1907 to 02 September 1944) was the last Finn to be executed in Finland. Early Life Olavi Laiho was born the son of a farmhand in Halikko, Finland. He was introduced to communism very early on, and was an active member of the underground Finnish Communist Party. He moved to Turku,… Read More

Who was Michael Matteson?

Introduction Michael Matteson was an anti-war activist who resisted conscription into the Australian Army during the Vietnam War, due to his anarchist philosophy and principles. Refer to Robert Martin. Outline In 1972, Matteson was being escorted by two Commonwealth policemen – handcuffed to one at each wrist – as he had previously taken part in… Read More