July 13, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

IND

Joseph Girard

Independent Conservative

Mr. GIRARD:

The hon. Minister states that the tribunals will -be as numerous as possible, according to population. With his leave, I will give him a few details as to these people's situation. Along the northern shore, there are villages of some 600 souls; others contain only a -score of -people and -some loealities where there would be only four or five families at -the -most. Without deprecating them, they are all fishermen who -are not wealthy, therefore the expense they will be -put to should -be reduced as -much as possible. It is for the cause's own success. Every thing is not accurately reported and I would like to have the interested parties absolutely satisfied as a result of the hon. minister's statements that they are fully protected. These small communities are sometimes scattered at a distance of some 60 miles from -quite an important centre; there -are some 75 and even 100 miles aw-ay. How are you going to reach those little villages very thinly populated; how do the Government intend to protect them, to save them from travelling expenses? Would it not be preferable for the tribunal to move from place to place?

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