Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
I should like to give some information in respect to an inquiry made by the hon. member for Medicine Hat (Mr. Buchanan) on Monday, the 22nd of March last, with regard to members of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police who, as he understood, had volunteered and gone to the front on active service. The Comptroller of the Royal NorthWest Mounted Police has given me the following memorandum on the subject, which is in accordance with the information I then had.
(1) No members of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police are serving with the forces at the front. The duties of the police in preserving law and order in the provinces and looking after the alien enemies rendered it impossible to allow them to volunteer for service in the war and all applications were refused.
(2) At the outbreak of the war an Imperial proclamation was issued calling upon all Imperial reservists, both of the Navy and Army, to report themselves for service with the colours, and 54 army reservists then serving in the police were granted free discharge for that purpose and their expenses from the west were borne by the Imperial Government. Two noncommissioned officers who previously held commissions in the Imperial Army, were, on the assurance of the War Office that they would be re-commissioned, granted a free discharge.