Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):
The question of the appointment of counsel representing the Canadian branch of the British Empire Legion is one matter; the appointment of counsel to represent returned soldiers is another. I think I intimated that such counsel should be appointed, but he should not be under the instructions of the legion. He should be there
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to represent returned soldiers, generally. It would be a wrong principle if counsel were not secured to represent, and did not in fact represent the great mass of soldiers who are not members of the legion. The membership of that organization is said to be about 75,000, out of a total number of returned men of something over 300,000. To that extent I think matters should rest until we can have a conference with the chairman, and it might be concurred in to-morrow.