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

CON

Arthur Meighen (Solicitor General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I do not think that it should go out from the House that application for exemption brings any ignominy or disgrace upon the applicant, even if he applies on his own behalf. I think that men engaged in agriculture in Canada who are of opinion that they serve the national interests at home do no dastardly or disgraceful act in applying for exemption. They are doing what they believe to be in the national interest, and I think they will not fail to apply. I think that there will be no general feeling -of revulsion against those who do this. If they fail in individual cases to do so, -there are others who can apply on their behalf, and I do not think that those others will fail to apply.

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