The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE (Hon. F. W. Borden).
I am quite unable to answer at this moment the question which my hon. friend (Mr. Hughes, Victoria) has put. It is true he sent a note to the Militia Department this morning, but I did not happen to be in my office at the time, and as I only knew of the substance of
the note by telephone I have had no opportunity to make inquiry. If the hon. gentleman will be kind enough to send me such portions of the letter as he has read with the name of the writer, I will promise to give an answer at the earliest moment.
As to the Halifax men, I understand from the general that these men have been treated as all men under similar circumstances are treated, and in fact better, because they have been allowed to take their uniform away with them. It is presumed,
I suppose, that when men enlist they have civilian clothes, and that these clothes would be available when they are discharged. We have not only allowed the men to return in their civilian clothing, but we are giving them the uniform they were wearing at the time their services terminated. I will get fuller information on that matter also.
Motion to adjourn the House negatived.