I would like to ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce as to a despatch I notice in one of the journals at the head of the lakes wherein the statement is made
that the Board of Grain Commissioners are at the head of the lakes to make a thorough investigation into the grain screenings question. Has the department given orders for a thorough investigation of the screenings question? I have not heard of it.
I wish to bring to the notice of the government a case of inhuman treatment meted out to a British soldier who came to this country in 1&22 but was deported as a common criminal because he contracted tuberculosis last March. The man was so ill with tuberculosis in a hospital at Saskatoon that the army authorities refused to be responsible for his upkeep anj' longer, and on the recommendation of the two army doctors there, Dr. Creighton and Dr. Walker, as well as the medical health officer of the city, he was advised to go home to die. He was advised to let the army authorities take him back to Wales, his native place. The following is an extract from his letter written to a friend in Saskatoon.
I would point out to the hon. member that while he may draw the attention of a minister of the Crown to some matter of urgent public importance, he is hardly in order in reading a letter from some person with regard to this matter.
I just wish to give a short extract. He says that he received good treatment at Winnipeg, but on arrival at Montreal after an uneventful journey he was taken to the immigration office. In the hallway there, he says, was a table at which was seated a fellow who told him to take off his overcoat.
This he took from him, and conducted him upstairs to a room that was nothing more than a cell, with two single beds in it, one of which was occupied by a Chinaman suffering from tuberculosis as well as a most loathsome skin disease, in all probability leprosy, he says. He determined to spend the night-
must call to the hon. member's attention that he is not in order in the address he is giving to the House on this matter. If he desires to draw the facts briefly to the attention of the minister of the Crown or to ask a question on a matter of urgent public importance he may do so, but an explanation in detail such as he is giving now is not in order.
I would ask the government if they are aware of such inhuman treatment being meted out to a class of men who have done nothing worse than facing death in the trenches for the Empire to which we belong.