July 11, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

And it will be accepted both by my hon. friend and his friends, that that is what has been done. I will not delay the House by re-reading what my hon. friend has said. The purpose of it is so evident that he will pardon me if, living in another part of the country, under different conditions, to which part of the country my hon. friend has not extended his assurances of protection, and to which he refuses to extend any assurance of protection, if I feel some question in my mind that this Bill does not protect the interests of the people of the country, because it is not intended to Dirotect them.
As a matter of fact, it does not. We must depend on the fair play of the Government for bringing forward the men who are to give military service. I interpret his assurance to the province of Quebec as meaning that special favour will be given in that province and I have no faith in the assurance that the Bill will be administered fairly and that the men will be brought forward. If he intended that it should be administered fairly, why should he not say to this House, following up and correcting the statement of his colleague, how 'many men are to be taken from the province of Quebec and how many from Alberta? His
colleague made the suggestion to the House for the purpose of its being sent throughout the country so as to influence the public mind just as he made this statement for the purpose of influencing the public mind. We are entitled to hold the view that if the Government will not make provision in the Bill that it shall be administered fairly as between man and man, industry and industry, and section and section, it is because they do not intend to so administer it.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE HOUSE.
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