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Letter from George Foster, Acting Prime Minister to the Deputy Minister of Justice, 12 October 1918
The large number of Canadians who fell ill with influenza taxed the already overburdened systems of health care available at the time. The idea of women as natural nurturers and care givers was commonplace and their compassionate actions were seen as a natural foil to the violence and destruction experienced by Canada’s sons. George Foster’s request for any type of female aid, experienced or not, in caring for the victims of influenza reflects this attitude.
Library and Archives Canada
RG 13, series A-2, vol. 228, file 1918-2233
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