Canada and Conscription (the Draft). Conscription. King did not want to see a repeat of the Conscription Crisis that had damaged French-English relations during World War One.
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The National Resources Mobilization Act was amended to make overseas conscription possible but only if it was deemed necessary.
King craftily claimed it was “not necessarily conscription, but conscription if necessary”
By 1944, there was a shortage of Canadian troops in Europe. Because Canada insisted on controlling its own forces in the war, a long supply line and reinforcement chain was necessary. Reinforcement shortages arose and wounded Canadians were being sent back out the front.