I look upon this as one of the most important measures that was ever brought before the House. It is only another evidence -that the Government intend to carry out their promise to the boys who went overseas. In the constituency which I represent cases have come under my observation of men who, having returned from the front, have been discharged and allowed to drift about, seeking employment here and there, and in many cases not getting it. Those suffering from tuberculosis; those who are otherwise diseased; those who are unfortunate enough to have to be sent to military asylums; are being provided for in some way, while those who do not come within those categories, but are simply unable to seek employment in regular walks of life, are given three months' pay, and the Militia Department has no further interest in them. I have felt for a long time that the Government should take hold of this matter in a more serious way-and I congratulate the minister on bringing it to the attention of the Committee and giving us an opportunity of expressing our views. We have in Canada to-day a number of training camps, and it is my view that after the war, when the soldiers return from the front, instead of being given three months' pay and set adrift they should be mobilized in these camps under military discipline until they are honourably discharged, or until those who wish to employ them go to the Government and: request their services. I suggest also that employers give the Government some guarantee that the positions they are offering are permanent and will afford sufficient remuneration to the employees at least to enable them to keep the wolf from- the door. The returned soldier should, to say the least, be placed in as good a position as he occupied before enlistment. We owe a debt to these men, and I think we should discharge it to the full. It is not right simply to pay them off when they are unfit for further military service, and leave them on their own resources. We cannot furnish positions to. all these men, hut we should continue their military pay and keep them under military discipline until they are fit for service in their different walks of life.
Topic: SOLDIERS' CIVIL RE-ESTABLISHMENT.