April 5, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

UNION

Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Sir ROBERT BORDEN:

I not only asked him, hut I very strongly urged him to do it; and after mature reflection and consideration he declined to undertake that duty. We sent him to the city of Quebec some months ago, and he remained there during the early part of the enforcement of this Act; and then, owing to requirements in the Maritime Provinces, he had to be sent there to deal with certain important matters. When this riot broke out we ordered him to proceed to Quebec and take command there, and he has done so. He has discharged his duty well and adequately and I do not doubt that he will continue so to do.
My right hon. friend then went on to criticise the Order in Council that we have brought down, and, in what sense I do not know, he said there 'has been a great falling down by the Government. He quoted some words which I uttered in this House a few days ago, and he intimated that in some way the Government had departed from that promise. I said that the Military Service Act was to be amended in a certain respect, and the Military Service Act has been amended in that respect.

Topic:   THE QUEBEC DISTURBANCES.
Subtopic:   MOTION OF MR. J. A. CURRIE FOR LEAVE TO ADJOURN THE HOUSE TO DISCUSS.
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