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


Daniel Lee Redman



This question of allowing time to count in the case of a soldier filing subsequent to enlistment has been brought to my attention hundreds of times. On several occasions when regiments were going overseas from Calgary almost the entire regiment went down and filed, which, of course, would be subsequent to enlistment. This matter has been brought to my attention by men who have pointed out the extreme cases cited by the minister. I quite realize, that if we should make an absolute rule we might have difficulty in that others who are overseas might file, and so practically all the available suitable land would thus be taken up and not developed. I would suggest that the matter should be carefully considered with the view of providing, if it is at all possible that those who have already filed subsequent to enlistment should be given their homesteads. I do not know the number who have so filed, but the relative importance of the question can be better understood when the number is ascertained. There is a great feeling of unrest in regard to these cases.
Another matter which has to be taken into consideration is the Soldiers' Land Settlement Scheme. It seems to me there might

not be sufficient suitable land to give a homestead to each soldier under this Act, and also provide for him under the Land Settlement Scheme. It is very possible that if the regulations should allow them to, keep the homesteads under this Act they might have to keep them in lieu of the land they would obtain under the Soldiers' Land Settlement Scheme. If we had the information as to the number who have filed we would then know whether it is possible to grant them this privilege.

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