May 7, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

The tribunals,
of course, are still sitting, as their functions still continue. The effect, however, of the Order in Council, which has been approved by both Houses of Parliament, is this: Any exemptions heretofore granted, or now claimed, or that are now pending, are abolished in respect of men between the ages of twenty and twenty-two, both inclusive, or in respect of any other age that may be called out under the provisions of the Order in Council so approved. Do I make myself perfectly clear to my right hon. friend? Of course tribunals have to do their work, because until men of other ages are called ,out, the question of exempting them must still be determined by the various tribunals, and eventually by the central appeal judge. But as soon as men of any particular age are called out-and men from twenty to twenty-two years inclusive have been called out- this exemption, whether granted or claimed, ceases to be effective so far as they are concerned.

Topic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT EXEMPTIONS.
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