Canada at War: THE DOMINION: Into Parliament's Lap

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Across Canada, reinforcements officers were hustling potential infantrymen out from behind desks and into overseas combat units. War Services Minister Leo Richer LaFlèche, a Quebecker, was campaigning to persuade French-Canadians to volunteer for overseas duty. Suddenly Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King tossed the sizzling reinforcements mess (TIME, Nov. 20 et ante) to Parliament. At his call, the House of Commons and the Senate convened this week in special session at Ottawa.

There was no longer any doubt that infantry reinforcements were needed (though Canada had more than enough R.C.A.F. men). The issue now was: should...

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