I think across Canada there will be the warmest commendation of the Prime Minister's statement concerning intended recruiting activities. It has been indicated that the responsibility will rest largely with the officers commanding the military districts. That is only natural, because it could hardly be expected that the minister or his officials would know the exact geographical condition in each province. In southeastern British Columbia we have perhaps the most populous communities of that province with the exception of the coast cities. We have the armouries; we have the medical officers; we have experienced officers who distinguished themselves in the last war, perfectly capable of acting as recruiting officers. My point is that these young men in the interior who are anxious to offer their services to the country have been and are now compelled to pay their transportation expenses to the coast, a distance of perhaps six hundred, seven
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hundred or eight hundred miles. The minister can readily appreciate the discouraging effect this has had upon men who have been unemployed. I want to ask the minister if he will not take a personal interest and see to it that these young men in southeastern British Columbia are given an opportunity to enlist in some of these units which are to be recruited to strength.
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