That is exactly what my hon. friend will be asking under this Bill, that is, lor authority to take a vote at the front when he does not know at what moment after that authority is given orders may come for a general advance, with the result that the vote may be taken at one part of the front and not at another part. It is quite likely, as some hon. gentlemen have pointed out, that the officers commanding in certain cases will say: I am not here to make politics; I am not here to peddle around begging votes from this man or from that man; I am here to fight the battles of the Empire, and I will take no part in this whatever, therefore you will have some sections of the army voting and other sections not voting. Although I have been in this House for a good many years, I have never before seen such a crude piece of legislation introduced.
I would sincerely ask the Minister of Justice to withdraw this Bill. It is an impracticable proposition. If he wants to get the votes of the soldiers let him put off the elections until the war is over. If the war is not over next year we can easily get authority from the Imperial Parliament to extend this Parliament until the war is over.
Then, when the soldiers come back, every one who is entitled to vote will be able to cast that vote and cast it in the proper manner.