Mr. HUME CRONYN (London) :
I should like to explain this amendment. As those who were present yesterday evening will remember, this point was raised by the hon. member for Quebec South (Mr. Power) and the hon. member for Halifax (Mr. Maclean), and as a result of an interview subsequently held, it was discovered that, through a clerical error, one half of the former section had been dropped from the Bill as drafted. That has been restored by the Senate in the amendment in which concurrence is now asked. I did not rise primarily to make that explanation, although it is perhaps due the House, but to say that in this morning's Gazette, I noticed the statement that two members of the Liberal party raised some objection to the provisions extended to soldiers. When I read that statement, it seemed to me to be an absolute misrepresentation of what happened yesterday afternoon.
Subtopic: CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDMENT