I wish to ask another question. I have here sessional paper 142G tabled on Thursday, April 27, 1944. It came after a question I asked, which read:
Has the Minister of National Defence, since the 4th March, 1944, reported to the Minister of Labour that a definite number of men were required for military training? If so, (a) at what date was this information supplied; and (b) what did such information contain?
The return shows that in April and May, 1944, 292 men were called daily in April and 236 men were called daily in May.
My second question is: If the answer given on April 20 is right, in virtue of what regulation were these men called, as shown in this return tabled on April 27, 1944? This return, 142G, shows that in April men were called as follows, daily: for the district of London, 17; Toronto, 48; Kingston, 22. That makes a total of 87 in Ontario. In Quebec: Montreal, 55; Quebec, 31. That gives a total of 86.
In May, men were called as follows, daily: London, 14; Toronto, 39; Kingston, 18. That is a total of 71. Montreal 44; Quebec, 25. That is a total of 69 for the province of Quebec. In another answer that was given me, as will be seen at page 2375 of Hansard, it will be noted that the military district of Kingston, district No. 3, comprises counties in the province of Ontario and in the province of Quebec, and the figures given show that the population of the district of Kingston in the province of Ontario is 753,863, the total population according to the 1941 census, and the counties of the province of Quebec in the district of Kingston give a population of 183,125. That is, about twenty per cent of the total population of the military district of Kingston, come from the province of Quebec.
If we take the figures I have just mentioned and deduct this twenty per cent from the military district of Kingston, coming from the province of Quebec, we get a figure of eighty-three men called daily in the province of Ontario during the month of April and sixty-seven in the province of Ontario called daily during the month of May; and in Quebec we get a figure of ninety men called daily in the month of April and seventy-two called daily in the month of May. That is, a proportion of thirty-one per cent in the province of Quebec and twenty-eight per cent in the province of Ontario. I mean that these are the percentages of the men called to the army. I have here a booklet called "Canada 1944" and certain figures are given at page 53. We see the total population of the dominion in each province, and it shows that between the ages of nineteen and forty-five there are in the province of Quebec 612,396 men, while in the province of Ontario there are 736,486; that is to say, a proportion in Ontario, in relation to the total population of the dominion of the same age, of thirty-five per cent, and twenty-eight per cent in the province of Quebec; I mean the proportion of men of the same age in the dominion. We come to the conclusion that in the province of Quebec we' have twenty-eight per cent of the men between the ages of nineteen and forty-five, and the return I have mentioned shows that in April and May there were called thirty-one per cent of these men, while in Ontario there were called only twenty-eight per cent.
My third question is this: Why is the number of men called in the province of Quebec greater than the number called in the province of Ontario?
My fourth and last question is this: Is it not true that during the last war not a single
man called to the services under the conscription law reached the battlefields of Europe, and that to-day we have many men overseas who, before going there, were called to the army under the mobilization act of 1940?