February 7, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


James Davis Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. TAYLOR (New Westminster):

Mr. Speaker, having listened to the remarks of my hon. friend (Mr. J. J. Hughes), I share the hope which he has expressed, as I understand him, that this country will not become a cheaper country than it is just now, because if ever I heard anything which, to my mind, is a cheap statement to a deliberative assembly, I heard it a few minutes ago when this hon. gentleman presumed to sneer at the members of this House who wear the uniform of His Majesty. I too, Sir, represent a large population of all classes, of the labouring class, of the farming class, of the artisan class, just as good people, I am sure, as those represented in this House by the hon. gentleman (Mr. J. J. Hughes) and who, I feel certain, does not represent his constituents in the sentiments he has uttered here. I will answer the question which he has asked in so sneering a way, as to why some of us are wearing the King's uniform in this House. I can answer it from my own standpoint;

I can tell him that I am wearing the King's uniform, because I heard the call to duty sent out by my King. I read the appeal of the King to the manhood of Canada, and to the manhood of the Empire, to come forward and do their share, and although it is thirty-seven years since 1 first put G-n the King's uniform and thirty-one years since I was privileged before to give field service to the King, I felt that 1 could, without any offence, and least of all without offering offence to the House of Commons, offer my services again to His Majesty. I have the uniform on because I desire to give an example to the younger men of my community, and as evidence that those to whom they look as their natural leaders are prepared to do their part.
I feel sure, Sir, that there is no service which any member of Parliament can give that will be of more value to the military authorities than that he himself should put on the uniform, thus to show to the people of his district, who are invited by this Parliament as well as by the Imperial Parliament, and by the King, to give military service, that their natural leaders, whom they honour with public positions, do not shirk their duty, but are prepared, when the call comes, to put on the King's uniform and render service in the field as well as service in the Parliament of Canada.
Motion, as amended, agreed to.
On motion of Mr. Rogers, the House adjourned at 9.53 p.m.
Tuesday, February 8, 1916.

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