April 25, 1918

A YOUNG PATRIOT.

LETTER FROM A SIXTEEN-TEAR-OLD BOY READ BY THE PRIME MINISTER.


On Motions being-called:


UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Rt. Hon. Sir ROBERT BORDEN (Prirms Minister):

May I ask the indulgence of

the House for just a moment while I read a letter which reached me on Saturday last, and which I think expresses so admirably the spirit of the young men of Canada that it is desirable to give it publicity at this time. I shall not give the name or the address of the writer, a boy of sixteen years, because I know he did not write the letter in order that his name might come before the public. It is as follows:

Toronto, Onit., April 18, 1918. Sir Robert Borden,

Ottawa.

Dear Sir,

I am asking- yon a favour to help me get in the army. I am only a boy of 16 years and want to give my life for my country. I have tried' many times but failed1. Why I am asking you is because you are like a King to Canada and' if you said' a word It would help me more than anything else. My dad has been to the Front and now hie is back again, and you have taken my brother, and now I am the only one left to do something for .my country. And, Sir, if you only knew how I am going crazy to do something to gain honour. I am strong and healthy, I have never had any sicknes in my life. I was just reading the paper this morning and saw what you said "Canadians must hold the line." They oanniot do it without men. Please will you give me a position in that line I don't call myself a man but I might help to hold that line. So please give me a chance, the line is more valuable -than my life.

Tours very truly. -

The boy lived on Melinda street, in Toronto. Two sentences struck me as really remarkable-the one in which (he sayS, " now I am the only one left to do something for my country." He might naturally and most reasonably have said, " I am the only one left to do something for my family," but he did not say that; he said, " I am the only one left to do something for my country." And then observe the last words of the letter, " the line is more valuable than my life." .

I am s-ure that that letter does indeed express the spirit of the Canadian people, and as long as that spirit endures, and I am confident it will always endure, we need have no fear for the destiny of our country whether in this war or after the war.

Topic:   A YOUNG PATRIOT.
Subtopic:   LETTER FROM A SIXTEEN-TEAR-OLD BOY READ BY THE PRIME MINISTER.
Permalink

REPORT.


Report of Hydrometric Surveys (Stream measurements for the calendar year 1916).- Hon. Mr. Meighen.


QUESTIONS.


(Questions answered orally are indicated by asterisks.)


HALIFAX AND VANCOUVER HARBOURS EXPENDITURE.

UNI L

Mr. CROWE:

Unionist (Liberal)

1. What has been the cost, respectively, of

(a) dredging, (b) construction of wharves, (c) breakwaters, and (d) repairs, in connection with the harbours of Halifax, N.S., St. John, N.B., Victoria, B.C., and Vancouver, B.C., since October, 1911, to the present dale?

2. What has been the total expenditure in connection with the construction and repairs of dry docks in the harbours of Halifax, N.S., and St. John, N.B. ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND VANCOUVER HARBOURS EXPENDITURE.
Permalink
UNION

Hon. Mr. BURRELL: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

1. Railways and Canals:

(a) St. John Long Wharf.. ..$ 10,642 68

Halifax-in connection with

foundations and berths-

Ocean Terminals 2,149,829 57

(b) Construction of Wharves- -

St. John Ni]

Halifax-Pier 2 and Shed .. 1,285,452 24

Halifax Ocean Terminal Wharves, not including Ailing from Ocean Terminals, Railways or expenditures on

railways _.. 4,026,835 83

(c) Breakwaters-St John..'.. Nil Breakwaters, Halifax 401,656 57

(d) Repairs to wharves and Sheds-

St. John, not including elevator

and conveyors

Halifax

Public Works :

Halifax, N.S. .. Nil.

St. John, N.B. :

(a) . . .. .... $5,352,277 12

(b).. .. 97

(c).. .. . . . . 1,372,037 49(d).. .. . . .. 4,857 04

39,606 93 68,408 67

ram.uuvci, .

(a) $1,496704 03(b)

2,685,683 28(c)

Nil.(d)

Nil.

4,182,387 31

Victoria, B.C.:

(a) $1,104,771 77(b)

2,641,918 06(c)

2,310,525 57(d)

1,322' 46

6,058,537 86

Grand Total $20,384,370 79

Marine and Fisheries:

(b) The Department of Marine :

Dartmouth, N.S.:

1915- 16 $ 16,019 79

1916- 17 2,964 46

St. John, N.B.:

1911-12 $ 69,000 00

1913- 14

118,033 881914- 15

80,349 221915- 16. . . .-

58,937 461916- 17

11,392 22

Victoria, B.C., Depot :

1914- 15 25,415 65

1915- 16 655 27

1916- 17 22,493 80-

2. No expenditure in so far as the Department of Railways and Canals -is concerned.

The Department of Marine has no information.

Public Works:

Halifax old Graving Dock: This dock was *built in 1889 by the Halifax Graving Dock Co., Ltd., and has received from this department, under authority of Act 45 Viet.,

ch. 17, an annual subsidy' of $10,000 for the twenty years ended 30th September, 1909. Damages caused by the explosion of 6th December, 1917, are now being attended to and paid lby this department; expenditures tO' 31st March, 1918, $15,745.

Halifax new Graving Dock: Preliminaries, etc., $4,451.52.

This department has expended no money on any graving docks at St. John, N. B.

St. LAMBERT POSTMASTER.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND VANCOUVER HARBOURS EXPENDITURE.
Permalink
L LIB

Mr. BOURASSA:

Laurier Liberal

1. Has the Government been made aware that in the federal election of 1917, liquor was stored in the home of the Postmast#! of St. Lambert, in the county of Lfrvis?

2, Does the Government know that said liquor has been seized by Excise officers?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND VANCOUVER HARBOURS EXPENDITURE.
Permalink
UNION

Hon. Mr. BURRELL: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

1. No information.

2. Answered by No. 1.

present date, and how many of such men were British born, and how many Canadian bom?

3. How many men per province, were liable to Military service under the provisions of The Military Service Act?

4. How many of these men, per province, reported for Military service up to the present

date?

5. - How many, per province, claimed exemption before the Local Exemption Boards?

6. How many claims, per province, were granted by the Local Exemption Boards?

7. How many appeals were taken by the Military authorities against such exemption?

8. How many men, per province, claimed their exemption and were subsequently ordered to report?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND VANCOUVER HARBOURS EXPENDITURE.
Permalink
UNION

Hon. Mr. BURRELL: (Minister of Mines; Secretary of State of Canada)

Unionist

1. Militia and Defence: Enlistments under the voluntary system from the beginning of the war until the proclamation putting into force the Military Service Act, i.e., 13th October, 1917, are not available, but the following are the figures to 31st October, 1917:-

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   HALIFAX AND VANCOUVER HARBOURS EXPENDITURE.
Permalink

JAS. STAJRRATT MARSHALL.

LIB

Mr. POWER:

Liberal

1. Has there been since August, 1914, a person named Jais. Starratt Marshall, of Spa Springs, Annapolis County, in the Active Militia of Canada?

2. If not, when did he leave the service?

3. If so, when did he join the service, and what has been his occupation?

4. What amount has he received during the period in which he was employed?

5. Has the Government any information as to whether or not whilst in the service he carried on the work of laundryman either in his public or private oapacity?

6. If in the former capacity, what extra pay did he receive?

Major-General MEWBURN:

1. Yes.

2. Answered by No. 1.

3. Appointed to the 69th Annapolis Regiment as 2nd lieutenant on the 8th September, 1896, and is now a captain in that regiment.

4. No record of this officer having been given any special employment other than as an officer of the regiment when called out for annual training during peace times, when he would receive the pay of his rank.

5. No.

6. Answered by No. 5.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   JAS. STAJRRATT MARSHALL.
Permalink

ENLISTMENTS UNDER THE VOLUNTARY SYSTEM.

L LIB

Mr. VIEN:

Laurier Liberal

1. How many men, per province, enlisted under the voluntary system, from the beginning of the war until the proclamation putting into force The Military Service Act, and how many of such men were British born, and how many Canadian born?

2. How many men per province, enlisted voluntarily since the said proclamation to the

Ontario

Quebec

Nova Scotia and P.E.I

New Brunswick

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

British Columbia and Yukon..

191,632

48,934

23,4136

18,022

52,784

26,111

36,279

42,608

Nationalities-

Canadian born.... British born .... Other nationalities

439,806

197,473

215,769

26,564

439,806

2. Militia and Defence: Voluntary enlistments since the said proclamation up to and including March 31st, 1918, are not available, but the following are the figures from 31st October, 1917, to 31st March, 1918:

Ontario"

Quebec

Nova Scotia and

P.E.I

New Brunswick ..

Manitoba

Saskatchewan. ..

Alberta

British Columbia and Yukon

8,081, inc. from U.S.A. 3,727, " "636, " "763, " "2,966, " "98, " "415, " "2,021, " "

5,618

1,611

212

1,208

Included in this number are 6,775 Class 1 men voluntarily reporting since the said proclamation.

At the present time information with regard to country of birth of these men is not available.

3. Justice: The information asked for will be found in the Report of Military Service Council laid on the Table and distributed to members.

4. Militia and Defence: Number of men who have reported for military service who were liable under the provisions of the Military Service Act up to and including March 31, 1918:

Ontario 13,295

Quebec [DOT] 3,284

Nova Scotia and P.E.1 1,70)9

New Brunswick 1,502

Manitoba 4,149

Saskatchewan 2,609

Alberta 1,632

British Columbia and Yukon.. 2,888

31,068

5, 6, 7 and 8. Justice: The information asked for will be found in the Report of Military Service Council laid on the Table and distributed to members.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ENLISTMENTS UNDER THE VOLUNTARY SYSTEM.
Permalink

SENATOR BRADBURY.


Mr. D'ANJOU: 1. Is Senator (Lt.-Col.) Geo. H. Bradbury receiving a pension from the Pensions Board In Canada ? 2- If so, what is the amount [per annum he is receiving? 3. On what date was the pension granted? Was it before or after Union Government was formed? 4. What is the reason given for granting the pension? 5. Did Lt.-Cbl. Geo, H. Bradbury serve in France? 6. If so, for what period? Mr. MoCURDY: 1. Yes. 2. $780 per annum. 3. February 27th, 1918. After. 4. For disability incurred on service. 5. Yes. 6. About two weeks.


April 25, 1918