June 28, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)


Douglas Gooderham Ross

National Government

Mr. ROSS (St. Paul's):

On page 3954, of
Hansard, giving the tables which the minister submitted, there appears to me to be a point that is not answered. The number of men called is given as 988,475. They were called for medical examination. Some did not turn up, but the number examined was 608,642. Then we find that 233,224 requested postponements; 190,550 postponed and the number in effect, 100,973. That means that the number granted and the number in effect total 291,523. Are all these postponements?
Mr. ROSS (St. Paul's); So that out of the 608,642 examined we have 289,544 called for military service, and out of that number only 160,662 turned up. That leaves about 129,000 to be accounted for. In the statement the minister says:
Voluntary enlistments, as well as postponements, account for most of the difference of 129.000 between the numbers called for military training and those reporting.
I do not know where postponements enter into this. What happened to the 129,000? That is what I should like to know.

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