April 2, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

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Right Hon. S@

With your leave, Mr. Speaker, I may, I hope, be permitted to say a word upon this matter, especially as the trouble which has taken place in the city of Quebec has occurred in the electoral division which I have the honour to represent in this House, and which I have represented in Parliament for more than forty years. My view is the same ae that of the Prime Minister: that the law is to be observed. And, following the remarks that my right hon. friend has uttered, I may state that the law will be observed even by those who do not believe in it. The law, whether it is right or wrong, good or bad, judicious or otherwise, is the law, and it will be observed in Quebec as elsewhere. My right hon. friend made hiis statement under reserve to-day. I shall await what he has further to say upon the subject. I shall only say that, while the law is to be observed and must be observed, it is possible to have it enforced in such a way as to provoke public sentiment.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
Subtopic:   DISTURBANCES IN QUEBEC-STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER.
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