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


John Archibald Campbell



As to the question raised by my hon. friend regarding the different status of a man who entered, either before enlistment or immediately after, it seems to me this matter is passed over rather lightly. I recognize the contention of the Minister in this respect, that there must be some arbitrary line drawn, but surely not one quite so arbitrary as suggested. The point is that the man should be a bona fide entrant. Should there not be some way of providing what a bona fide entrant is? I know of young men who enlisted early in the war who did not know about this regulation, but when it became known, others made entry for homestead, and they were put in a different position entirely from those who first enlisted, because if they entered after they enlisted they would have -a different standing entirely from those who entered before enlisting. It would seem to be quite reasonable that there should be some clause setting out what a bona fide entrant is- some provision such as that -a man must be on the ground, or must have done something in connection with the land, to make him a bona fide entrant.

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