March 5, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Mr. W.@

Redmond. Can the noble lord state why the colonial trcops are paid at a rate so much higher than that paid to the regular army? Would they not come otherwise?
I do not wish to discuss this matter, but I wish it placed on record so that the attention of the Minister of Militia and the government may be drawn to the fact that the English understanding of the matter is that all colonial troops have been paid at the rate of five shillings a day. We are aware that there is dissatisfaction existing among some of our Canadian soldiers because some have been paid up to five shillings a day, and others have not been paid up to that figure. I shall not discuss the question further than to say that when the first Canadian contingent went to South Africa, they went on the understanding that they were to get one shilling a day. It was not, as is suggested in this report, that they required high pay to induce them to go out and fight for the empire. I think, possibly, all round, it is a mistake if this pay has been increased in one case and not in another. It will give rise to general dissatisfaction. When I first brought up this point, I was clear in taking the ground that the various localities sending these troops should have nothing to do with paying them, that the Imperial authorities alone should have in their control all the payment of these contingents. I merely lay the matter before the First Minister in order that the question of equality of pay all round may come under the consideration of the government.

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