Before the Prime Minister speaks, may I point out the difficulty in the way of the proposition made by my hon. friend (Mr. Lemieux). Insurance companies are for the protection of a vast number of widows and orphans, and they must keep faith with those who are insured and must maintain themselves in a position to carry out their contracts. Most of the companies in Canada have for those who insured before the war, a war clause in their contracts, and if they have gone to the front they have gone under the same conditions as existed before and do not pay any extra premiums. Since the war broke out every risk taken has a clause which says that if the insured goes to war the rates shall be war rates, and the amount is stated in the contract.
Subtopic: MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.