July 19, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

This exception
in its original form read as follows:
6 Clergy, Including members of any recognized order of an exclusively religious character, and ministers of all religious denominations existing in Canada at the date of the passing of this Act.
In committee the words " divinity students and " were added, so that the clause reads:
6. Clergy, including divinity students and members of any recognized order of an exclusively religious character, and ministers of all religious denominations existing in Canada at the date of the passing of this Act.
On further consideration it has been found that the words " divinity students " covered a wider class than was contemplated. As pointed out by the hon. member for Bonaventure (Mr. Marcil), it would include a great many who would also be included in the word " clergy " which is also used in this section. Moreover, it has been represented that it covers a class a very considerable portion of whose members would not desire to be included in the exception. The question arose as to whether or not this particular class of students ought to be included within the terms of the exception or left with other students to take advantage of the exemption clauses. There is reason to believe that those who are not included in the term " clergy ' would be so situated as to entitle them to favourable consideration for exemption by one of the tribunals. In the circumstances it is thought best that the clause should be restored to its original form and I therefore move that the words " divinity students and " be struck out.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.
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