February 14, 1933 (17th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

If I had thought this matter would engage the attention of the committee I would have brought tihe necessary documents with me, although I would have expected that the hon. gentleman would be familiar with the so-called1 Strathcona trust with respect to cadets. The officials have been

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able to furnish me with the constitution of the Strathcona trust for the encouragement of physical training and military drill in public schools. It reads:
The following shall be the officers of the trust:-
Patron-His Excellency the Governor General of Canada.
Vice-Patron-The Right Honourable Sir
Wilfrid Laurier, G.C.M.G., Premier.
President-The Honourable Sir F. W. Borden, K.C.M.G., or the Minister of Militia for the time being.
Vice-Presidents-The minister in charge of education in each province in the dominion which shall have notified its adhesion to the arrangements regarding physical training and military drill in public schools, sanctioned by orders in council of August 13, 1908.
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. (a) The Minister of Militia and Defence for the time being, chairman.
(b) The members of the militia council for the time being.
(c) Two representatives to be named by the minister in charge of education in Ontario. Two representatives to be named by the minister in charge of education in Quebec. One representative to be named by the ministers in charge of education in each of the remaining provinces.
Subject to the condition that the province represented must have notified its adhesion to the arrangements regarding physical training and military drill in public schools sanctioned by orders in council of August 13, 1908.
(d) The military officers commanding commands and independent districts in Canada. With a secretary to be detailed by the chairman from the staff of the Department of Militia and Defence.
The trust is to be administered in the manner set forth in .paragraph 2. Paragraph 3 provides for rules and regulations and the constituting of a local committee for each province. Section 4 reads:
The local committees shall be charged with-
(a) Ensuring that the means of instruction in physical and military training are available for both teachers and pupils, where required.
(b) Division of the province into convenient districts for purposes of supervision and competition.
(c) Arranging details of the training to be given, so as to suit local conditions.
(d) The arrangement of competitions and inspections, and allotment of rewards, in accordance with the general instructions of the executive council.
Paragraph 5 reads:
The following are the general principles in accordance with which the trust shall be administered.
(a) His object being not only to improve the physical and intellectual capabilities of the children, by inculcating habits of alertness, orderliness and prompt obedience, but also to bring up the boys to patriotism, and to a realization that the first duty of a free citizen is to be prepared to defend his country, the intention of the founder is that, while physical training and elementary drill should be encouraged

for all children of both sexes attending public schools, especial importance is to be attached to the teaching of military drill generally to all boys, including rifle shooting for boys capable of using rifles. All boys should so far as possible be made to acquire a fair acquaintance while at school, with military drill and rifle shooting.
Then follows an extract from a letter from the Right Hon. Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal to the Hon. Sir F. W. Borden, K.C.M.G., Minister of Militia and Defence, dated April 17, 1909, reading:
It is not my desire to make any alteration in the trust deed, as formulated by you.
Order in council, P.C. 1766, dated August 13, 1908, reads in part as follows:
The Minister of Militia and Defence submits the following synopsis of proposals entered into between the educational authorities of the province of Nova Scotia and himself respecting physical training and military drill in all public schools of that province.
Then follows substantially a reproduction of what I have read already. That trust, I believe, is still being carried out under the arrangement provided for in the trust deed itself.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
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