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Conscription (Human Rights)

The Military Service Act

  • The Military Service Act of 1917 was a controversial legislation, implemented by former Prime Minister Robert Borden, that forced conscription upon young men to military service during the First World War.
  • Due to concerns over the dropping conscription numbers and concern over maintaining troops, Prime Minister Borden believed Canada must implement this act against the support of his predecessor, Sir Wilfrid Laurier.