June 2, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough):

I do
not think my right hon. friend understands my position with regard to this matter. The men to whom I refer were voluntarily serving their country in the Canadian Merchant Marine. They were not forced into the service; they were in the same position as members of the military forces, except that they were not under the jurisdiction of military officers. I submit that no fair distinctions can be made between these classes. The men who worked on the ships of the mercantile marine were volunteers like the others; they were working for the same purpose and to the same end, and they certainly have the same rights as the men who were serving in the Canadian navy.

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