* Mr. MURPHY:
1. Has the attention of the Government been drawn to an alleged interview with Lieutenant-Colonel (Dr.) F. W. Marlow, published in the Toronto World on Wednesday, the 2nd instant, as follows :-
With reference to the articles emanating from Ottawa and appearing in the press on Saturday last, it may be said that there does not appear to have been any adequate reason why the parliamentary committee on returned soldiers should have been troubled with my letter of April 11, on the subject of an overseas appointment. It was directed to the officer in charge of administration at Toronto, and I presume a copy of it was forwarded to Ottawa, though not intended for public use.
The reason for the letter was that in spite of reports from Ottawa that I was to go overseas to fill an important position in the Canadian Medical Service, I had been informed that no definite appointment could be given me before proceeding there, and that I might be given rank in the Canadian Expeditionary Force which, if accepted, would place me junior to a considerable number of medical officers who have entered the service since the war began, in spite of seventeen years of service in the Army Medical Corps and my two years of administrative work in the Toronto district.
It is unusual for medical officers proceeding overseas apart from organized medical units to be granted definite appointments before arrival there, but for nearly two years the vast majority of such as have gone over were newly appointed in the service and have gone over as reinforcements and with rank not higher than that of captain. On the other hand, in a few cases medical practitioners with little or no military experience have received definite appointments and high rank before going over. These also would rank senior to me, as two years' service on the staff at Toronto carried no standing in the Expeditionary Force towards the maintaining of which all the efforts of the staff were directed.
Considering such circumstances, and in view of my connection with the general problems of the medical service in Canada and also because of many recent events, particularly in connection with the problem of returned soldiers, I felt it my duty to defer accepting any overseas appointment until such time as the committee on returned soldiers reported to Parliament and likely discussions of the Medical Board were concluded, and especially as the appointment offered to me was of such indefinite and obscure character that its nature could not be revealed to me.
Statements to this effect were contained in my letter and an opportunity was sought for
discussing with the proper authorities the matter of an overseas appointment, but as yet such has not been granted.
Letter Made Public.
There was, so far as I can judge, nothing in the letter intimating that I had any expectation of being recalled by the Parliamentary Committee. For some reason, however, my letter was referred to them and consequently made public, with the result that the first and only reply to date came in the form of the newspaper article mentioned above, and also a letter from the chairman of the committee. Information through such channels was quite unexpected.
Having resumed my professional duties and as recent events are not likely to encourage me to accept any position at the hands of those responsible for my present relation to the service without a very careful investigation of the opportunities such position would afford for rendering useful service, I feel it my duty to "carry on" as at present and await further developments.
Meantime I shall watch with great interest the establishment of an effective plan for dealing with returned soldiers and will hope for the early inauguration of a united medical service and the emancipation of the same and the medical profession of Canada from the bondage placed upon them by laymen and politicians who deceive themselves in thinking they can get along without the doctors in dealing with medical problems or by relegating them, if called in, to a subordinate position which will not detract from the loftiness of their own altitude, in respect to matters requiring much technical knowledge, which they have never endeavoured to possess.
2. Was Lieutenant-Colonel Marlow given an appointment in the Canadian Medical Service overseas?
3. If so, what was the date thereof, and what were to be Dr. Marlowr's rank and duties?
4. In the above interview, what are the names and rank of the medical practitioners referred to in the following sentence:-"On the other hand, in a few cases medical practitioners with little or no military experience have received definite appointments and high rank before going over"?