1. Lieut.-Colonel in the Canadian Army Medical Corps.
2. The officer is employed as medical officer in charge of troops, Montreal General Hospital, while he is in Canada, and is to be employed on special surgical duties, particularly in regard to orthopedic cases which may be inmates of convalescent homes. Regimental pay, $4; field pay, $1; subsistence allowance, $1.50.
3. The services of his office.
4. Returned for service in Canada.
5. The Militia Department will be only too glad, at any time, to utilize the services of this officer in the field.
6. Separation allowance, $50 per month to his wife.
Subtopic: DR. A. MACKENZIE FORBES.
The Minister of the Interior is not here, but I desire to ask for information, and no doubt the minister will be good enough to give it later. I have received a somewhat lengthy night lettergram from the secretary of the Spirit River Board of Trade protesting against the prospective setting apart of a forest reserve in that vicinity, and asserting on what is claimed to be good authority that at least 50 per cent of the land is clear, the soil good, good water available, and the balance of the land very light scrub. It is said that several whole sections can be ploughed without any previous preparation and that there is no muskeg. The land is in township 79-81, ranges 7-11 inclusive. I shall be glad if the hon. minister will say whether or not it is the intention to establish a forest reserve in that section of the country.
Subtopic: PROPOSED FOREST RESERVE IN SPIRIT RIVER DISTRICT.
During the consideration of the Orders in Council of the Department of the Interior that took place in the House some days ago, in discussing a certain order regarding homestead entry by volunteers, the Minister of the Interior spoke as follows:
With regard to the protection of the homesteading rights of those who have enlisted, I think the hon. gentleman has probably misinterpreted the Order in Council. He states that we are giving practically the same protection to the soldier who has made his homestead entry after enlistment as we are giving to the man who was the owner of a homestead prior to enlistment. But there is a difference in our treatment of these two men. The man who had a homestead prior to enlistment has not only protection in so far as not allowing cancellation proceedings to be instituted, but he is also allowed to count as time of residence on his homestead the time that he is serving his country at the front. In the case of the volunteer who makes a homestead entry after enlistment, he is not allowed to count his time but he is protected from cancellation.
I find in the Manitoba Free Press of May 3, under the heading "Homestead for Every Soldier," an article which copies an announcement said to have been made by the Department of Militia with regard to this particular matter. The Militia Department apparently holds an entirely different view from that held by the Minister of the Interior, and it is this difference of view that I desire to bring to the attention of the House with a view to having the two divergent views harmonized; otherwise there will be misunderstanding and unfortunate consequences. I shall not read the whole article, but the important part is as follows:
The scope of the Act in the foregoing particulars has been enlarged to embrace volunteers who may, subsequent to the date of enlistment, enter for a homestead of Dominion lands. By the operation of the new regulation the Minister of the Interior is empowered to consider the latter class of soldier settlers in the same way as the Act provides for the bona fide settler, who, on the outbreak of hostilities, enlisted for active service.
Subtopic: HOMESTEAD ENTRIES BY VOLUNTEERS.