September 20, 1917

LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Rouville):

Has the Prime Minister had time to read carefully the letter written by the Deputy Speaker to his constituents an regard to the exemptions under the Military Service Act? If so, does his letter exactly represent the opinion of the Government?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXEMPTIONS UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXEMPTIONS UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

As this is a matter of the gravest importance, because the people in my constituency, at all events, aTe led to believe that no sons of farmers will be called out, ana I to conclude, from what my right hon. friend has said, that nothing has been yet decided?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXEMPTIONS UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT.
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The regulations, as I have already stated, have not been presented to the Government by the Military Service Council. I do not know whether they have been placed before the Central Appeal Judge. Until they have been placed before and approved by the Governor in Council there is nothing authoritative about the matter at all.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   EXEMPTIONS UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT.
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MEDICAL EXAMINERS UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Edmond Proulx

Liberal

Mr. EDMUND PROULX (Prescott):

Is it the intention of the Minister of Militia to appoint medical examiners in each constituency to examine men between the ages of twenty and thirty-four who wish to present themselves for medical examination?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MEDICAL EXAMINERS UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT.
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CON

Albert Edward Kemp (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir EDWARD KEMP:

Medical examiners under the Military Service Act will be appointed at certain mobilization centres which are to be determined upon and which will cover the whole country.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MEDICAL EXAMINERS UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT.
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STAFF OF OVERSEAS DEPARTMENT OF MILITIA.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. E. M. MACDONALD (Pictou) :

Might I ask the Minister of Militia if he has not with him to-day the information I requested as to the number of officers, non-commissioned officers and men employed in the Department of Militia Overseas, if he would be good enough to send the information to me?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STAFF OF OVERSEAS DEPARTMENT OF MILITIA.
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CON

Albert Edward Kemp (Minister of Militia and Defence)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir EDWARD KEMP:

There are 141 officers Employed or attached to the Department of Militia overseas in the various departments and offices. There are 492 noncommissioned officers and men, not including civilian employees, so employed. The total amount paid per month for salaries to such officers and men is not available at the moment.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   STAFF OF OVERSEAS DEPARTMENT OF MILITIA.
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DEATH OF THE SERJEANT-AT-ARMS.


On the Orders of the Day:


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Right Hon. S@

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have to announce to the House, with very deep regret, that Col. Henry Robert Smith, Serjeanit-at-Arms, died this morning. The son of a distinguished Speaker of the old Parliament of Canada, he was appointed Deputy Serjeant-at-Arms in 1872 and promoted to be Serjeant-at-Arms in 1892. He has, therefore, served as deputy and as Serjeant-at-Arms for nearly half a century. Col. Smith had also a very considerable military service, in 1866 and 1872 on the frontier, and in 1885 in the Northwest Rebellion. Those of us who have known him in the course of his important official duties have, I am sure, been impressed with the dignity and courtesy with which he discharged them. He was, in a word, a fine type of a gentleman of the old school and his passing away is a distinct loss to the public life of this country. He was a man of much culture, having a very wide acquaintance with English literature, and altogether he was a most interesting personality. I am sure all the members of the House will join with me in an expression of profound sympathy to all the members of his family.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DEATH OF THE SERJEANT-AT-ARMS.
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCES BY RT. HON. SIR ROBERT BORDEN AND RT. HON. SIR WILFRID LAURIER TO THE LATE COLONEL HENRY R. SMITH.
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Right Hon. S@

It is with as much regret as that of my right hon. friend that I learned of the sudden death of Colonel Smith. To me, personally, who am now one of the oldest members of this House, the death of Colonel Smith causes me very keen sorrow. Too much praise cannot be given to our late friend. As every hon. member knows, he was one of the best servants we ever had. He was a man of the strictest integrity, of the highest sense of honour, and of unfailing courtesy. It is not too much to say that he had endeared himself to every member of the House who had anything to do with the management of public business.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DEATH OF THE SERJEANT-AT-ARMS.
Sub-subtopic:   REFERENCES BY RT. HON. SIR ROBERT BORDEN AND RT. HON. SIR WILFRID LAURIER TO THE LATE COLONEL HENRY R. SMITH.
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THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE.

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Right Hon. S@

An intimation has been already conveyed to the House that the Clerk of the House pur-

poses retiring from the duties of his office, which he has discharged for some fifteen years. Previous to his acceptance of the office which he now holds, Dr. Flint, had a distinguished career in Parliament' and in the public life of the country, and since he undertook the responsibilities of the important office of Clerk of the House, *all of the members who have come in contact with him have appreciated the ability, zeal, .and industry which he has uniformly displayed in the discharge of his duties.

I desire to express my own personal recognition of his uniform courtesy and his unfailing attention to all matters which I have had to bring to his notice in the ten years which I served as leader of the Opposition, and in the six years which I have had imposed upon me the responsibilities of First Minister.

I feel perfectly confident that my right hon. friend the leader of the Opposition will join with me in proposing a resolution which I am sure will meet with universal acceptance by all the members of this House. It is my privilege to move, seconded by Sir Wilfrid Laurier:

That in view of the long- and faithful services of Doctor Thomas B. Flint, Clerk of the House of Commons, he be continued after his retirement an honorary officer of this House, and that he be allowed the entree of the House of Commons and a seat at the Table on occasions of ceremony.

Right hon. Sir WILFRID LAURIER: Mr. Speaker, in view of the fact that we are to lose the services of Doctor Flint, I second this motion with very great pleasure. I join cordially in everything that has been said by my right hon. friend in appreciation of the services of Doctor Flint, and I am sure that in his remarks he only expressed what is felt by everybody. Doctor Flint has been not only attentive but indefatigable in the discharge of his duties towards both parties in this House. As an old personal friend, I regret more than I can say that the condition of his health forces him to the relinquishment of the duties he has so well performed. I am sure that I reflect the feelings of all when I express the hope that his health may be restored, and that he may long be spared to move amongst us.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE.
Sub-subtopic:   RETIREMENT OF DR. FLINT, WHO BY RESOLUTION OF THE HOUSE IS ACCORDED THE PRIVILEGE OF A SEAT AT THE TABLE ON OCCASIONS OF CEREMONY.
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THE WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.


On the Orders of the Day:


September 20, 1917