May 1, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald

Liberal

Mr. E. M. MACDONALD:

I desire to
call the attention of the leader of the House (Sir Thomas White) to a statement made by the hon. member for Victoria, Ontario, (Sir Sam Hughes). Speaking in Lindsay on Saturday he said:
More than one year ago an agitation was begun on the question of labour. We were recruiting too many regiments; we were 'taking too many men away from work'; 'munitions manufacturers and others would he at a standstill' ; 'farmers could not put in their crops'; and 'Canada has already done her full duty' were daily recited. They, unfortunately, had an . effect upon the Prime Minister. The result was that 1 was asked in March, 1916, not to press recruiting, and recruiting to-day is and has been dead in Canada for fighting purposes.
Will the hon. gentleman say whether that statement is correct or not?

Topic:   THE POTATO SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   STATE OF RECRUITING.
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