June 4, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Michael Clark



should like, with your permission, to address a question to my Tight hon. friend the Prime Minister (Sir Robert Borden) based on what I conceive to be two most important items in the morning paper. The first of these is one in which we all take great pride and it is to the effect that the Canadians at the front have taken an important place in the neighbourhood of Lens, marching through a shell-swept area as if they were engaged in manoeuvres. The second item that I conceive to be of importance is that in certain other operations nearer home than France-which, I hope, I shall not be offensive in designating as manoeuvres.-there is a deadlock existing. The question I desire to address to my right hon. friend I address partly as one of the unambitious rank and file of this House and in some degree on behalf pf an anxious, waiting, and expectant public, and, I think as well, in some degree on behalf of the men at the front. The question I wish to put is: Has my right hon. friend any
communication to impart to the country pr to the House as to whether this deadlock is likely to come to an end one way or another within a reasonable period of time? I suppose all deadlocks end some time, somehow, but I am perfectly sure that there is a great desire that this one should end one way or the other within a reasonable period of time.

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