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CZERNIAWSKI, JOSEPH – Volume XIV (1911-1920)

d. 17 March 1912 in Goodeve, Sask.


Responsible Government

Sir John A. Macdonald

From the Red River Settlement to Manitoba (1812–70)

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Sir George-Étienne Cartier


The Fenians

Women in the DCB/DBC

The Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences of 1864

Introductory Essays of the DCB/DBC

The Acadians

For Educators

The War of 1812 

Canada’s Wartime Prime Ministers

The First World War

Conscription Divides Canada


This excerpt from the biography of Henri BOURASSA highlights the conflict over conscription:

“[Bourassa] repudiated the Union government formed by [Prime Minister Sir Robert Laird] Borden in the fall and joined forces with [Liberal leader Sir Wilfrid] Laurier in an effort to defeat him in the election of 17 December [1917]. Together, they swept the polls in the angry province of Quebec, but they were crushed in English Canada. In the divided country, Bourassa tended to support isolation for French Canadians, but not separation from the rest of Canada.”

To find out more about why conscription created dissension, explore the biographies listed below.

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