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conditions as men. In 1917, by the War-Time Elections Act, the right to vote for Dominion members of Parliament was given to any woman (having the necessary provincial qualifications) who "is the wife, widow, mother, sister, or daughter of any person, male or female, who is serving or has served with the naval or military forces of Canada or Great Britain;" and, in 1918, the Dominion franchise was given to women on the same basis as to men.

Union As the frightful conflict in Europe became Government. fiercer, the feeling in Canada grew strong that, for the better carrying on of the war, party differences should be disregarded. Consequently, in October, 1917, several members of the Liberal party entered the Borden ministry, so forming what was known as the " Union Government."

During the session of 1917 a bill was passed to pro-vide by compulsory military enlistment ." such reinforcements as might be necessary to maintain the Canadian army in the field as one of the finest fighting units of the Empire

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Military In the same year was passed the Military Voters' Act. Voters' Act, giving to every British subject, male or female, who had gone on active service with the Canadian naval or military forces, the right to vote at Dominion elections.

The Domin- The twelfth Parliament of Canada, which, ion Election on account of the war, had lasted a year of 1917. beyond the regular time (five years), was dissolved in October, 1917, and, on December 17th following, a general election was held, at which many women voted for the first time. The Union Government was returned to power, and its action with regard to compulsory military service was sustained.


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