Sir EDWARD KEMP:
I think the hon.
member for Souris (Mr. Schaffner) is quite right. These battalions have gone before boards more than once. They were weeded out and weeded out until they were almost disheartened. Then in England more of them were set aside as not fit to go to France. My bon. friend (Mr. Oliver) is under the impression that quite a number of these men might be returned to Canada for industrial employment. There are very few men who are not doing some military duty in England that would have to be^one by a man who was fit for the trenches if they were not doing it. We cannot get those men back. I have had relatives ask for the return of men' who are doing police duty, but they will not let them come back. They are as necessary for that work as they would be for work in the trenches. There is no such surplus of rank and file in England as my hon. friend thinks. There is no surplus at all. If men went over in the earlier stages of the war who were unfit for service, they would have been returned long ago unless they were usefully employed.