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

CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I, first of all, wish to thank my hon. friend from Edmonton (Mr. Oliver), for extracting and quoting so generous a portion of my speech of the 21st June which formed a very fertile oasis in the dreary desert of his own address. I cannot extend my thanks further or compliment him on his ability in interpreting words. His method of interpreting words is that when I stated that the Bill makes no favourites of provinces, he takes that to be a statement that it makes a favourite of the province of Quebec. All the difference there is between my statement and his, I find, is that there is a "not" in my statement and the " not " is left out of his interpretation. I am inclined to agree with my hon. friend in one conclusion. He says that if the Bill is administered unfairly by the parties responsible for its administration it will not be a success. I do not think there is any doubt about that. But in the choice of those tribunals hon. gentlemen opposite aTe to have just as much to do as we have. That is the statement of the Prime Minister and it is the policy of the Government. We provide for a condition under which the best men will be selected.

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