July 11, 1917

CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

My hon. friend had better finish the reading first.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER (reading):

-I want to say to the members from Quebec that this Bill as drafted is not intended1 to, and will not, if I understand the Bill, work unfairly to that province. Rather, on the other hand, for just and good reasons- not because that province desires any favouritism for it gets no favouritism-

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER (reading):

-but for just and good reasons, this Bill in its results will work more Mghtly on the province of Quebec than on any other province in Canada. In what way will it work soi lightly? In the first place, the province of Quebec is an agricultural province.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER (reading):

LMr, Oliver.]

In the first place the province of Quebec is an agricultural province.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER (reading):

A much larger proportion of the population of that province is engaged in agriculture than is the case at least with any other of the other old provinces of Canada. Agriculture is one of our essential industries, our greatest essential industry, necessarily em-^ ploying much the largest proportion of our population. Consequently, under the terms of the Bill, the exemptions to agriculture will far outnumber the exemptions to other avocations of our people. Therefore, the exemption clauses, applied evenly and fairly all over this Dominion,-

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER (reading):

-as is the intent, will, for just and good and sound reasons, be of more value to the province of Quebec than to any other province of Canada.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER (reading):

Secondly, in the province of Quebec, the young men marry at an earlier age than in the English provinces. It is a custom that deserves commendation.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER (reading):

How does that affect the operation of this Act? Under this Act, the first three classes to be called out embrace only unmarried men between the ages of 20 and 34. Under those three classes it is not impossible that the whole 100,000 may be secured, and, in that case, the Act will apply to a smaller proportion in the province of Quebec than in any other province.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER (reading):

This, however, is the case not because the Bill makes favourites, but because the Bill is fair.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OEIVER (reading):

It is for good, sound and sufficient reason, and is in the general interests of the state. Consequently, this Bill, so far from being! designed or framed to result in unfairness to the province of Quebec, will, on the contrary, in its practical effects, for good and sufficient reasons of state, fall more lightly on Quebec than on any other province.

Now, my hon. friend has drafted a Bill for making it fall more lightly on Quebec. The English language is there to be read, and that is the climax of his protestations to the province of Quebec, that they are under the terms of this Bill treated more lightly than any other province of Canada.

When my hon. Mend made -the protestations he did, and dragged them into his address without any cause or provocation, we must 'be compelled to reach the conclusion that he desired to impress upon the people ' of the province of Quebec that they had received special consideration at the hands of the Government in the drafting of this Bill.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

He said nothing of the sort.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

I have read what he said.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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July 11, 1917