April 26, 1918

PRIVATE BILLS.

FIRST READING. .


Bill No. 67, respecting The International Bridge and Terminal Company.-Mr. Man-ion.


SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS.

UNION

James Alexander Calder (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. CALDER moved:

That the motion adopted toy the House on the 24th instant adding the name of Mr. Pardee to the Special Committee to consider and report on the Pension Board and Pension Regulations be amended by adding at the end thereof the words "and that part of Rule 11 limiting the number of members to 15 be suspended in relation thereto."

He said: I might explain that the name of Mr. Pardee was added to the committee the other day, but there is a rule of the House which provides that there shall not be more than fifteen members on a special committee, .and as there were already fifteen members on that committee, this motion is proposed.

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Motion agreed to.


MILITARY SERVICE ACT-LEAVE OF ABSENCE TO DRAFTEES.


On the Orders of the D.ay:


L LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

I observe that new regulations have been adopted by Order in Council with respect to the Order which was ratified by us some few days ago, providing for leave of absence to draftees and temporary leave of absence to farmers and farm labourers in categories lower than A. I would suggest to the Government that, either to-day or Monday such an important matter as this be brought up in some way-better, perhaps, in Committee of Supply-so that the public may be instructed as to the effect of these regulations.

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY:

My hon. friend the Minister of Militia and Defence (Major-General Mewburn) intimated that he would make a statement explanatory of the provisions themselves on some .suitable occasion, not to-day, but probably on Monday.

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MEDICAL SERVICE AND FORESTRY CORPS.


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Hon. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX (Maison-neuve):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to call the attention of the Government to a cable despatch of a very serious nature published in this morning's Montreal Gazette. There seems to be a charge against the Canadian Medical Service to the effect that our wounded soldiers are not properly cared for in Canadian hospitals, and also in relation to the forestry corps, whose staff, according to this cable, is ridiculously overmanned. I shall read only one sentence about each of these charges.

There seems to be a lack of co-ordination in the medical services and too much deference to precedent, a fault everywhere in military services, where those are in power whose services antedate the outbreak of hostilities.

With regard to the hospitals:

There is a marked revival of the demand that Canadians he treated in Canadian hospitals.

Pre-war military training and services have not proven of great value in the Canadian Medical Corps.

Then, in regard to the forestry corps:

The Forestry Corps Staff is ridiculously overmanned. Sir Edward Kemp forced a slight reduction hut more drastic action is required. It is felt the Forestry Corps staff is a refuge for personal friends of those in higher command, and appointments and promotions are not given for practical or technical knowledge or success in work.

Has the Minister of Militia and Defence read this cable from the special correspondent of the Montreal Gazette? Will action be taken to prevent any such treatment of our wounded soldiers as is indicated here? Will any report be made as to the forestry corps?

Major-General MEWBURN (Minister of Militia and Defence): That is the first intimation I have had of it. I do not see the Gazette, but I will be very glad to peruse the despatch and take whatever action may be necessary.

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MILITARY SERVICE ACT-ALLEGED UNLAWFUL DETENTION.


On the Orders of the Day:


L LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER:

May I call the attention of the Government to a paragraph which appeared a few days ago in a paper published in this city, the Ottawa Evening Journal. It appears that some police officers were after some young men wffio were supposed to have deserted the service, or failed to report, and the paragraph to which I call the attention of the Government reads in this way:

Several other little farm-houses were visited but without results. A father whose two boys were supposed to be defaulters was brought to Pembroke and held as a hostage until the boys report.

Of' course, it would be an absolutely illegal act to take a father as a hostage for the appearance of his boys. I would ask the Government to get some report upon that.

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UNION

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Unionist

Mr. DOHERTY:

I did not observe the item. I should be very much surprised to find that it was correct, but I shall have it looked into.

Mr. HERBERT J. MACKIE: May I add a word of explanation?

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UNION

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Unionist

Mr. SPEAKER:

I regret to say that the only thing that can be done on the Orders of the Day is to address a question to the Government. It is not in order to have any discussion, and if the hon. member were permitted to make a statement it would be

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a discussion. His only opportunity would be on the motion to go into Committee of Supply.

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VISIT OF MINISTERS TO WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK.


On the Orders of the Day: '


April 26, 1918