Pierre Joseph Arthur Cardin
(June 28, 1879 – October 20, 1946) also known as Arthur Cardin
was a Canadian
politician who quit the cabinet of William Lyon Mackenzie King
over the issue of conscription
Born in Sorel, Quebec
, he was a lawyer before being elected to the Canadian House of Commons
for the riding of Richelieu
in the 1911 federal election
. A Liberal
, he was re-elected in every election he contested in Richelieu and, beginning in 1935, Richelieu—Verchères
. He held four ministerial positions: Minister of Marine and Fisheries
, Minister of Marine, Minister of Public Works
, and Minister of Transport.
Cardin called for a "Yes" vote in the 1942 plebiscite
to release the King government's from its pledge not to introduce conscription but resigned from Cabinet in May 1942 over the introduction of the National Resources Mobilization Act
which gave the government the power to when Mackenzie King was prepared to enable conscription through an order in council
when he had previously promised to seek a motion of confidence
before bringing in mandatory military service.
In April 1942, Cardin announced that he would be leading a slate of candidates in the June 1945......