"I can't imagine a more bitter election in Canadian history". Visit the election of 1917 - The Democracy Project
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"I can't imagine a more bitter election in Canadian history". Visit the election of 1917

On December 17, 1917, Canadians voted in one of the most bitter and divisive elections the country has ever seen, one that split the English and the French.  The key issue was conscription and the fight over whether young Canadian men should be ordered into battle during the First World War.  It set political giants Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Sir Robert Borden against each other.

For this election, some women—but only some—were given the right to vote for the first time while other Canadians were stripped of that right. It was all about winning the election—at any cost.  And the cost was nearly the country itself. Revisit the personalities, issues and platforms central to the 1917 federal election.

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