Mr. T. P. HEALY (St. Ann):
Mr. Speaker, as I rise to express to this house my views regarding the deletion of section 3 from the mobilization act, I do so realizing that the remarks I am about to make are of a most serious nature affecting the present and future of our dominion.
The Quebec riding which I represent in this house is one of the oldest on the island of Montreal. Close by my home stands a school-house which the good Sisters of Notre Dame, founded by the revered Marguerite Bourgeoys, erected over 244 years ago and in which were instructed Indians and French Canadians, the original settlers of our country.
We had migration to our land of many nationalities, and to-day my riding is composed of 50 per cent English-speaking, 40 per cent French, and the other 10 per cent Polish, Italian and Ukrainian.
During the plebiscite campaign I asked the people of my riding to vote in the affirmative. I explained to them that it was not a vote for or against conscription. It meant exactly what was marked on the ballot, "Are you in favour of releasing the government from past commitments?" Those commitments, it will be recalled, were made by both parties during the last election campaign in the year 1940.
I should like to be permitted to read a letter which I had published in the French and English press of Montreal on April 25. The heading is:
Healy urges "yes" in St. Ann division.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO REPEAL SECTION 3 PROVIDING LIMITATION IN RESPECT TO SERVICE OVERSEAS