Mr. J. E. MATTHEWS (Brandon):
Mr. Speaker, my remarks will be brief, as they generally are. I shall not refer to any particular sections in the bill, and shall not do more than in a general way express my approval of this important legislation which will redound to the further advantage and further protection of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
I join with all other loyal and law-abiding Canadians in paying respect to this police force, a respect shared not only by the people of Canada but by many thousands in other nations of the world. These men perform their duties midst greater dangers than most of us realize. I know for a fact that often they are ferreting out crimes when most of us are at home and are comfortable, probably asleep. No matter what dangers they have to confront, it can always be said that the mounted police acquit themselves like men.
I believe that in late years they have been successful in doing their work with a greater degree of smoothness and a lesser degree of irritation than was the case some years ago. The hon. member for Macleod (Mr. Hansell) referred to their work among the young people, and their addresses to groups in the different communities. I know a little about that, and it- is my belief that the results have been far-reaching in creating better understanding between these officers of the law and ordinary citizens.
It is not necessary for me to speak at length; but one of the previous speakers suggested that, while a number of anomalies in the act have been remedied, some still remain. I would add to his remarks that every reasonable step should be taken to remove any anomalies which, he suggests, remain in the act. I am in favour of anything within reason that would redound to the advantage of the force.
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