January 18, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir THOMAS WHITE (Minister of Finance):

The matter will be dealt with probably by my right bon. friend the Prime Minister in introducing the war Appropriation Bill, which will provide means for continuing our participation in the war, or, if not, by myself in the Budget Speech, which will be made at a later date. In a general way, I may say to imy hon. friend that the Government of Canada is bearing the entire expense of Canada's participation in the war. ' There will necessarily be certain accounts which cannot be adjusted until the war is over, or until a lateT

date. Recently I had >a conversation with Col. Ward, who is immediately in touch with the situation in London, and I understood from him that the Canadian Government is to-day paying all the expenses connected with the Canadian Expeditionary Force at present in England, and is paying the men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in France, and Belgium, but that there will be certain adjustments of accounts necessary between the Government of Canada and the British Government at is later date covering .such items as rations, supplies, and. other equipment for the Canadian troops who aTe actually on the firing line. That matter is not susceptible of calculation and adjustment to-diay, but the Canadian Government is responsible for the entire expense of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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