July 1, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

With regard to the
portion which asks for the number in each category of French-Canadian origin, and of origin other than French Canadian, as was indicated in the house before, so far as the army is concerned the attestation papers do not show racial origin. The only thing that can be done-and I must say it is a laborious process, but if the hon. member who is making this motion thinks it will serve any real public interest we will endeavour to have it done-is to go over every attestation paper and every card in order to examine the names of those who are there and ascertain as best we can from the name itself whether that person is likely to be of certain racial origin. It certainly is a very inaccurate method of doing it, but that is the only thing which can be done. Perhaps my hon. friend would let the motion stand for a day, so that he could consider that particular part of the question.

Topic:   CANADIAN FORCES-MEN DISCHARGED OR STRUCK OFF STRENGTH
Full View