Mr. Speaker, I will make a verbal answer to these questions, or some of them.
2. (a) C.P.R. police; (b) Three months determinate and three indeterminate; (c) One.
3. No. Their company commander attended and gave evidence as to character.
4. (a) No information; (b) No request was made to Department of National Defence or camp authorities to provide counsel. It is not the practice for counsel to be provided at public expense in such cases.
5. Camp orders, Borden, issued by Brigadier-General McCuaig, which recited sub-section (2) of section 44 of the Highway Traffic Act as it appeared in chapter 288, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1937, reading as follows:-
"No person shall, while on the travelled portion of a highway, solicit a ride from the driver or operator of a motor vehicle other than a public vehicle."
The order then proceeded to state as follows:-
"In accordance with the above, the practice of personnel of Camp Borden soliciting rides will cease immediately."
6. This is a question of law, on which it is not the practice to express opinions in answer to questions.
7. I know of no such announcement. The hon. member sent me a copy of a letter which he personally had received from the minister of highways which was generally to this effect, but I did not feel that that letter had taken full account of the provisions of the Ontario statute to which I have referred. I wrote the minister of highways, and have as yet received no reply.
8. This is a matter for the appropriate authorities.
9. The order referred to is presumably the one mentioned in answer to question No. 5. No request therefor was made to the Department of National Defence by the Canadian Passenger Association or the railways.
Subtopic: SOLDIERS HITCH-HIKING ON HIGHWAYS