Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):
Mr. Speaker, I beg leave to present a petition to the honourable the House of Commons in parliament assembled, signed by members of organizations called to a general meeting consisting of the aldermen of the city of Toronto, the local members of the legislature, public school trustees, separate school trustees, the Liberal association, the Conservative association, Beaches Lion's club, East Toronto Lion's club, Beaches Business Men's association, Danforth Business Men's association, Gerrard Business Men's association. Kingston Road Business Men's association, ward 8 central council, ward 8 ratepayers, ward 8 community and ratepayers, East Danforth ratepayers, the Orange association and the Masonic order, Salvation Army, Oddfellows,
Knights of Columbus, Beaches Presbyterian church, Glenmount United, Hope United, St. Aidan's Anglican Church, St. John's church, Norway church, and Beaches Olympic club.
The petition reads as follows:
To the honourable the House of Commons of Canada in parliament assembled.
Your petitioners, the undersigned members of the Auxiliary Defence Unit No. 1 (Toronto),- Humbly Sheweth:
Whereas the present world conflict has developed on a stupendous and unprecedented scale into a life and death struggle between Christianity and paganism, which can only end in a victory for the British empire and her beloved ally, France, or else result in the collapse of our civilization and the putting out of the light of freedom as we, of the British empire, have known it since the days of Runnymede, and
Whereas this vast multitude of loyal citizens of the city of Toronto, publicly assembled for the purpose, are of one mind that Canada has not exerted her full strength in man power or material resources, in a supreme effort to meet the challenge of the nazi totalitarian state:
Therefore your petitioners humbly pray that your honourable house urge the government to put forth every possible effort, even to the utmost of Canada's man power and the resources of this vast dominion, to come to the aid of our beloved empire in this titanic struggle for the preservation of Christian democracy:
And further, before it is too late, to require the registration of all aliens in Canada, and to intern for the duration of the war, all enemy aliens or persons known to hold subversive opinions respecting the welfare of Canada, and also that the federal government take steps immediately to register the man power of Canada and to correlate the material resources of this dominion along the general plan as adopted and now in force in the British Isles.
And, as in duty bound, your petitioners will ever pray.
At this meeting there were present upwards of eleven thousand persons, who by standing vote endorsed the petition.
Subtopic: PETITION URGING UTMOST EFFORT BY CANADA IN AID OF EMPIRE