Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Minister of Justice) moved the second reading of Bill No. 23, respecting foreign enlistment.
He said: Mr. Speaker, the second reading of the bill does not call for any discussion because the principle of the measure is already the law of Canada. The terms of the British Foreign Enlistment Act have always applied to Canada, therefore the principle is already accepted in this country. The purpose of the bill is to have a Canadian act, because under the Statute of Westminster any dominion, including the Dominion of Canada, may reenact, repeal or amend any statute already applying to it. It has been thought advisable and proper to have a Canadian act, known as the Foreign Enlistment Act, 1937, and to make the very few changes adapting it to Canadian conditions, especially changes which will make it applicable to modem air and land conveyances, as well as to sea conveyances, to which the original measure was limited. I suggest that the bill be read a second time and that any suggestions with reference to its provisions be made in committee.