July 11, 1917

CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Those oil whom the

responsibility rests under the British North America Act will put the law into force.

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:

Who, does the minister

consider, those will be?

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:

Those on whom the responsibility generally rests for the administration pf the law. I really thought the ex-minister knew that. The responsibility for the administration of law is on the provinces.

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:

Yes.

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:

The initiative may be taken by others. If the initiative is not taken by others, we will take the initiative, because it is the intention of this Government to enforce this Act.

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:

That is the ppint I wish to make. I think I have arrived at a full explanation that in the last resort it does not depend upon the tribunal; it-depends

upon this Government, whether the law is enforced or not. If John Smith does not respond to the call, it depends upon this Government whether or not he is going to be brought. I think that is agreed.

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:

The tribunals have their functions; the Government have theirs, and the various authorities in Canada who are considered the responsible officials of Canada, have theirs. We hope and trust that all will discharge their duties, but I can say that whoever fails, that party will not be the Government of Canada.

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:

Then, the matteT comes to exactly what I say, namely, that we have to depend upon the fair play of this Government in the administration of this measure in bringing men to appear before the tribunals under their liability to service. I have no confidence in the good faith of this Government in the administration of this measure, especially after the statement made by my hon. friend (Mr. Meighen) in this House in his address on the second Teading of the Bill, and on account of the further remarks of his colleague, the Minister of Inland Revenue, (Mr. Sevigny) in regard to this Bill.

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

John Hampden Burnham

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BURNHAM:

Would a coalition Government improve matters?

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:

The statement was made

to this House that it was intended to give special favours to a particular province in this country.

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

No.

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:

That was stated absolutely and specifically, as plain as words could state it.

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

No.

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:

If the hon. member says that I made that statement, I will ask him to retract his words and I will ask for the enforcement of my request.

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:

Will, the minister permit

me to read from Hansard in justification of my statement?

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:

I do not need to give the hon. gentleman permission; he can read what he likes from Hansard:

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:

May I read from Hansard, Mr. Chairman?

This Bill in its results will work more lightly on the province of Quebec than on any other province in Canada.

I believe that ought to be satisfactory to my hon. friend.

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:

It is thoroughly satisfactory to me, but if my hon. friend has any sense of reason, it must be very unsatisfactory to him.

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:

If that is not good enough, let me read more:

-this Bill as drafted is not intended 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 but for just and good reasons, "this Bill in its results will work more lightly on the province of Quebec than on any other province in Canada."

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