"Win the War" and Lose Canada

By 1917, war weariness had become apparent among many Canadians. This was heightened as the issue of conscription was thrust to the forefront of the political scene. Henri Bourassa and other anti-conscriptionists presented their views in this pamphlet, and many others like it. Among the contributors are Bourassa himself and the federal Minister of Agriculture, Sydney Fisher. Opposition to conscription was grounded on a number of reasons, not limited to the weakening of domestic manpower and the perceived threat to the economic wellbeing of the country. Furthermore, conscription was an apparently divisive issue that, Bourassa argued, would lead to "national disunion and strife".

Henri Bourassa (Editor), 'Win the War,' and Lose Canada, (Montreal: Le Devoir, 1917).

University of Ottawa, Morisset Library, Archives and Special Collections
booklet, 14 pages.