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Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB528751
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Adam Symansky, David Wilson, Colin Neale
Directors:  Erna Buffie
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Documentary, History, Politics, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1991
Running Time:  31m 02s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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From the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, Mackenzie King tried to avoid conscription, lest civil war break out in Canada. Most English Canadians thought young men should be sent to fight. Most French Canadians vehemently disagreed. This same division had nearly torn the country apart during the First World War. Now a similar pressure was building. Should conscription be imposed? In spite of delaying tactics, King had to make a decision in the final year of the war. Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis combines archival footage with excerpts from The King Chronicles, a dramatic film series written and directed by Donald Brittain. Some scenes contain graphic language.

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