Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)
Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):
Mr. Speaker, may I give an oral answer to this question? The same question is asked almost every session, although the answer is very clear. The Military Service Act, 1917, is spent. It ceased to be in force after demobilization, following the conclusion of the war and the completion and fulfilment of the consequential provisions of the act. It is noted as being spent in the revised statutes of Canada, 1927, volume 5, appendix 1. The French word is perimee. I do not see why periodically this question is being asked.
So far as the second part of the question is concerned, Sir Wilfrid Laurier died before the first session following the war, so that he could not make any statement about it. Sir Robert Borden may have made statements, but I do not know about them.