Blood and the Ballot: Democracy on Hold

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Blood and the Ballot: Democracy on Hold

Blood and the Ballot: Democracy on Hold – The Federal Election of 1917

On December 17, 1917, Canadians voted in the most bitter and divisive election the country has ever seen. The key issue was conscription and the fight over whether young Canadian men should be ordered into battle in the First World War. It set political giants Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Sir Robert Borden against each other, in a battle over two extremely different visions of the way Canada would emerge from the bloody battlefields of the Western Front.

In the no holds barred campaign, 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.

About

Peter Van Dusen

Peter Van Dusen

Peter is one of the most well-known political journalists in Canada, a distinctive and popular personality with close to four decades as both reporter and anchor. He joined CPAC in 2001, where he began his continuing stint as host of PrimeTime Politics, CPAC’s nightly political round-up. He also serves as the network’s Executive Producer, ensuring quality coverage of Canadian politics through a variety of platforms.

Prior to joining CPAC, Peter spent seven years with CTV Ottawa and 11 years with the city’s CBC affiliate.