Results by province and territory
A plebiscite on conscription was held in Canada on 27 April 1942. It was held in response to the Conservative Party lobbying Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King (Liberal leader) to introduce compulsory overseas military service, the government having previously promised not to introduce same in 1940. The result was 66% voting in favour, with Quebec being the only province to have a majority voting against. Quebec's strong majority against the comitment's release prompted the prime minister not to pursue the issue until later events prompted a change in position.
The following question appeared on the ballot:
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?
Consentez-vous à libérer le gouvernement de toute obligation résultant d'engagements antérieurs restreignant les méthodes de mobilisation pour le service militaire?
|Invalid or blank votes||50,327||1.08|
|Canadian conscription plebiscite, 1942 |
|Prince Edward Island||23,569||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.