Mr. JOSEPH ARCHAMBAULT (Cham-bly and Vercheres) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 105 to amend the Act to revive and amend the Naturalization Act, 1914.
He said: Mr. Speaker, the purpose of the Bill is to remedy a grave injustice, now existing I believe through an oversight in regard to subjects of the Allied countries who went overseas and fought in the Allied armies. The Naturalization Act of 1914 requires of an alien a residence of five years, within the last eight years, in His Majesty's Dominions, the last year's residence preceding the application for naturalization having been in Canada. At the outbreak of the war, in order not to embarrass aliens who had enlisted in the Crown forces, the law was amended in such a way as to provide that the time passed in such forces should count as residence in Canada for the purposes of naturalization. Paragraph 6 of subsection 2, of section 3 of the Act, to revive and amend the Naturalization Act of 1914, reads as follows:
For the purposes of this section a period spent in the service of the Crown may, if the Secretary of State of Canada thinks fit, be treated as equivalent to a period of residence in Canada.
The service of the subjects of Allied countries in the armies of the Allies has evidently been overlooked, for they do not benefit by this clause, and the consequence is that the Belgian, or the Frenchman, or the Italian who resided in Canada before the war and who had to join the forces of Belgium, or France, or Italy, does not benefit by that service. He has to reside, after