His3813 - Stenzel - Boring Canadian History; Fiction and Reality.

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Dessin, caricature
Mackenzie King
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
2004, 21e siècle
Encre et crayon feutre sur papier
34.3 x 28 cm
Don de Mr. Terry Mosher
M2008.142.113
© Musée McCord
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kstenzelPublié par kstenzel le 30/11/2009 10:12:13
On September 10, 1939, Canada entered the Second World War. Initial volunteers came in huge numbers due to the high unemployment rates that still affected the country following the great depression; At least half a million men were without work and many of these had been so for years. King had previously pledged not to introduce conscription in Canada, but, as the situation in Europe deteriorated with losses in Belgium and the surrender of France, the need for conscription in Canada became more apparent and King himself began to change his view. In an effort to avoid a crisis, King called a plebiscite asking the nation to release him of his previous assurance. This was where the famous quote, "Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily Conscription," was coined. Above you can see how easily this was manipulated into political satire. (5)

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