Canadian conscription plebiscite, 1942
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A plebiscite on conscription was held in Canada on 27 April 1942. It was held in response to the Conservative Party lobbying Mackenzie King to introduce compulsory military service, the government having previously promised not to introduce conscription in 1940. The result was 66% voting in favour, with Quebec being the only province to have a majority voting against. Because of Quebec's majority against it, Mackenzie King did not introduce conscription immediately in hopes of good electoral performance in the province.
Are you in favour of releasing the Government from any obligations arising out of any past commitments restricting the methods of raising men for military service?
|Canadian conscription plebiscite, 1942|
|Prince Edward Island||23,568||82.9||4,869||17.1|
|Total civilian vote||2,670,088||63.3||1,547,724||36.7|
The referendum was held in all 245 electoral districts, which covered all nine provinces and one of the two territories. Residents in the Northwest Territories did not have a vote, as their area was not organized as an electoral district.
- Nohlen, D (2005) Elections in the Americas: A data handbook, Volume I, p127 ISBN 978-0-19-928357-6
- Nohlen, p130