I have consulted Murray and Webster and I find the following definitions of the word "clergy": Murray says:
The clerical order, the body of men set apart by ordination for religious service in the Christian church, opposed to laity.
According to Webster clergy means:
The body of men set apart, by due ordination, to the service of God, in the Christian church, in distinction from the laity; the clerical order; in England, often by restriction, the ministers of the Established Church; rarely all members of religious orders, male or female.
If my right hon. friend will look at the regulations adopted under the conscription law of the United States, in the official bulletin of Monday, July 9, at page 6, he will find the following:
The following are the only grounds for exemption:
1. That you are an officer, legislative, executive or judicial, of the United States, a state or territory, or the district of Columbia.
2. That you are a regular or duly ordained minister of religion.
3. That you were, on May 18, 1917, a student preparing for the ministry in any recognized theological or divinity school.
I suppose that May 18 is the date of the sanction of the Bill in the United States Congress. That is the regulation adopted as stating one ground of exemption in the United States. Can we do less in Canada? I do not suppose we should, and I think that the amendment which was adopted the other day should remain. It seems to me to be more in accord with the legislation passed by the United States.
Subtopic: MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917.