World War I/Lesson 12 - The importance of World War I in the History of the 20th Century
Canada was a British Dominion before 1982. The relatively small nation was pushed to war as its mother country promised support to Belgium. Over the course of this war, tensions would arise between French Canadians and English Canadians over the involvement of Canada and conscription. During the war, Prime Minister Robert Borden promised women the vote if he was re-elected to office in 1917. This election between Borden and Laurier primarily dealt with conscription. Women who had men fighting overseas were permitted the vote. This was a huge step for woman suffrage.