July 12, 1917

APPOINTMENT OF AN OFFICIAL.

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN moved:

That the recommendation of His Honour the 'Speaker laid upon the table of the House on the 29th ultimo., respecting the appointment of Joseph Luager Parr as clerk in the Library of Parliament be concurred in.

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Motion agreed to. QUESTIONS. , (Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


ALDERSHOT, N.S., CAMP GROUNDS.

LIB

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

Liberal

1. Is it the intention of the Government or any department thereof to construct any building or buildings on the Aldershot Camp Grounds in Kings County, N.S., this year?

2. If so, will the Government invite public tenders for their construction?

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CON

Sir EDWARD KEMP: (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. No, not as far as the Department of Militia and Defence is concerned.

2. Answered by No. 1.

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REQUEST FOR SOLDIER'S DISCHARGE.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES MARCIL (Bonaventure):

I call the attention of the Minister of

Militia to the following communication which I have received from the Rev. G. S. K. Anderson, Evangelist, of Escuminac county, Bonaventure:

Escuminac, P.Q., July 9, 1917.

Hon. Charles Marcil,

Quebec, P.Q.

Dear Sir:-

I write at the request of Mrs. Nelson Court of Escuminac, P.Q. She is anxious to secure the discharge of her son from the fighting forces of France. She has already given two of her sons to the country. George was killed in France on June 3, 1916, and John fiieci pneumonia on February 5, 1917, in a military hospital at North Battleford, Sask. She wants this son home to look after John's homestead. His full name and address is as follows: No. 4188300, Private Harry Ivan

Court, R.C.R. Battery, "C" Company, No. 10 Platoon, France, C.E.F. Do what you can for her or direct her to the proper authorities.

Respectfully yours,

G. S. K. Anderson.

In view of the fact that this lady has already given two of her sons to the country, I would ask the Minister of Militia to consider her request for the discharge of her other son. ,

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CON

Albert Edward Kemp (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir EDWARD KEMP:

If the hon. member would forward communications such as this direct to the department they would receive every consideration. The department receives hundreds of such letters every week.

I. can assure my hon. friend that I will give this matter my attention.

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MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.

CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.


House in committee on Bill No. 75, respecting Military Service-Sir Robert Borden (resumed from Wednesday, July 11). Mr. Rainville in the Chair.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

When the committee

reported last night we had just passed section 4; section 5 had already been passed. Subclause 3 of section 6 was allowed to stand pending further suggestion as to how the board of selection might be made up. The suggestion was made by the hon. member for Carleton (Mr. Carvell) that the local or provincial boards might have sole control for their own provinces; that instead of establishing one board we should establish nine-or really eleven', to take care of the Yukon and North West Territories. We hardly think that could work out. It is suggested, subject to any further suggestions which may be made, that this board of selection consist of say four members from' the province of Ontario, four

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members from the province of Quebec, and two members from each of the other provinces. In the carrying out of the work outlined, the recommendations of the members from the provinces would be taken as to each province, but the report of the board would be the report of the whole board, which would make it much more simple than if we were to have the reports of nine boards. The boards could consist of members or senators, or those who are neither members nor senators. That is the suggestion of the Government in the matter, but if there is anything that will improve on it we will be glad to hear it.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

Does my hon. friend stand by the present disposition of the Bill to have one of the members of the board appointed by the Senate and the House of Commons?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

To have them appointed by ,a joint resolution of the Senate and House of Commons, but of course to be appointed in such a way that one from each province, except Ontario and Quebbc, will be selected by the Opposition in the Senate and in the House. In Ontario and in Quebec the Opposition will select two in each, the same principle applying to the Government side in the Senate" and in the House.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

As my hon. friend is aware, I voted against this Bill, and am not much in sympathy with it. If I wanted to carry out my own views, I , think I would favour the recommendation of the Government, because, as I understand it, it is an impediment in the way of the Bill. If you have a selective board appointed by the two Houses of Parliament, it can only act when Parliament is in session, and should there be a vacancy in the board it could not be filled until the ensuing session. I do not object to that at all.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

That can be easily

cured by the resolution.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

What resolution could you frame that would cure it?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

There would have to be a resolution empowering them to sit and act when Parliament is not in session.

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July 12, 1917