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


Arthur Meighen (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)



My hon. friend from
Calgary will bear in mind thait if all enlisted men who have entered and homesteaded recently were granted this privilege, then we would be in difficulties with the other man who had not entered. He would say: "You said you would not count my
enlistment time; therefore I did not enlist, and you have discriminated against me grossly." I do not know what answer you could give him. Therefore II think, subject to any suggestion that may be made, that we had better stick to the ru],es we made, especially because it is not improbable that many of the returned soldiers, in view of the privilege that is granted them of making the soldier entry as well as tha homestead entry, will want to abandon the entry they have made and will want to re-enter again, in a locality where they can have the homestead and soldier entry together. In view of that, I think there would be very great difficulty encountered if we receded from the rule we have followed so long.
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