Clause 3 stands. Now, we are at clause 4. As to clause 4 a suggestion was made by the leader of the Opposition and also it was made independently by hon. members on this side of the House and pressed, I remember, by the hon. member for New Westminster (Mr. Taylor) that there should be a diversion of jurisdiction between the Militia Service Act and the Army Act on one hand and this Act on the other, that the line should be clearly fixed where the Militia Service Act ceases to operate, as it were, in regard to prosecutions and penalties and where the Army Act commences to operate. It was urged that there should not be -an alternative jurisdiction and it was further urged by the hon. member for Perth (Mr. Morphy) that there should be a more severe penalty. Careful consideration has been given to the proposals and I wish to suggest .to the committee that the suggestions be met in this way: That sub-clause 4 of section 4 of the Bill be amended to read as follows:
Any man who is called out, and who without reasonable excuse fails to report as aforesaid, shall be guilty of absenting himself without leave, and shall be liable, on summary conviction, to imprisonment for any term not exceeding five years with hard labor.
The result is that we create here only the offence of absenting -himself without leave as committed by the man who fails to report and who is made liable to report under this Bill.
Subtopic: CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.