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In the early months of the war, Mackenzie King hoped that Canada's contribution to the war effort would remain as much as possible at home. This way, the issue of conscription could be avoided. The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan seemed to offer Canada this possibility. In Dec. 1939, Canada agreed to host and administer a training plan in which British instructors would train pilots and other flight personnel from all over the Commonwealth in Canada. Canada's open skies, its climate, and its distance from enemy aircraft made it an ideal training location. Air fields were built on the Prairies and in other locations near small towns and villages, and old aircraft were refitted and returned to service. The program was a major Canadian contribution to the war effort. The BCATP trained over 130 000 pilots, navigators, flight engineers, and ground staff.

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What was the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan? Why was Canada chosen to host it? Why did Mackenzie King support the plan?

The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was a training plan in which British instructors would train pilots and other flight personnel from all over the Commonwealth in Canada. This program was a major Canadian contribution to war effort. It was an offer that Canada chose to host, Canada's open skies, its climate, and its distance from enemy aircraft made it an ideal training location. Mackenzie King supported the plan because he wanted to put a lot of Contribution into the war and that way conscription could be avoided, and this was the best opportunity for him.

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    Canada was chosen to host this training because it was far from Germany and had a lot of air space and land for airfields.

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