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Two weeks before the federal election in December 1917, the newly-formed Union government under Robert Borden passed this order-in-council giving "farmers and farm labourers" a military exemption, thereby neutralizing their opposition to conscription and lessening the tensions caused by the conscription crisis. By 1918, Borden reneged on his promise and farmers were subject to compulsory military service.


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