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

CON

Charles Joseph Doherty (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. DOHERTY (translation):

In
answer to the two members-it would be useless to repeat what I have just stated- but I can assure them we

shall try and give every possible facility to everyone that he may fulfil his obligations.
It may not be out of order to ask the hon. members, when the time comes to apply the Act,-if there are any special circumstances in their counties or in their districts, to communicate them to us-if they have any suggestion to offer as to the best way of meeting such special difficulties, they may submit them to us and I may assure them that we will give their suggestions all due consideration.
Now, as to the possibility of the absence of persons called to serve, I may point out that, as provided in this Act, it is not necessary to apply to one's home tribunal; the application may just as well be made to the nearest tribunal to the place where one happens to be. Thus, for instance, if a young man residing in Gaspe should be in Ottawa when the Governor General's proclamation is issued, he may apply to the tribunal sitting in Ottawa and obtain an exemption certificate from that tribunal. We have no intention to make special provisions so that every young man be compelled to apply to his respective tribunal; I repeat it, the nearest tribunal shall be authorized to hear his case.

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