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:

In England the word " clergy " alone is used. We, perhaps, have a wider range of denominations in Canada than they have in England, but we use the same word as is used in Great ' Britain, and add, so that there shall be equal treatment of all recognized religious denominations in this country, the words:
" and ministers of all religious denominations existing in Canada at the date of the passing of this Act." Therefore, it seems to me, whatever may be the meaning of the word " clergy "-and I think it must have a well defined meaning or it would not have been included in the statute in Great Britain-we have made it sufficiently wide to guarantee equal treatment to all recognized religious denominations.

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