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76   DAYS OF PREPARATION

To that end efforts are being made to secure an approximate census of the men of military age in each district of the Province. As the men willing to enlist become absorbed in the various units, recruiting naturally becomes more difficult, and we have now reached a point where in our opinion new methods are required, otherwise the business interest of the Province will be seriously affected.

"Third: That brings us up to what may be called the third or present stage. Up to June 30th, 1916, Nova Scotia has enlisted for home and foreign service about 22,000 men. . . . Another 150,000 men are required in Canada to complete the complement asked for by the Prime Minister. . . . Our Province is naturally expected to supply her share of these, which would be about 8,000 men. It is our deliberate opinion that to procure these men under our present haphazard methods would seriously cripple the business of the Province. A large proportion of our men are engaged in coal-mining, steel-making, and munition work, industries all absolutely necessary to the prosecution of the war. It is not in the public interest that many of these men should enlist, but in spite of the fact that we make it a point not to approach them, a certain number cannot be prevented from joining the colours. If there were any competent authority to point out to them that they were doing their bit at home they would be content to remain at work. The same remarks apply to men of special technical qualifications who are filling important positions, and who cannot be replaced. . . . We think the time has come when the Federal Government should take hold of the whole recruiting problem and put it on a proper basis. The first important thing is to find out how many available men we have and where they are. This can only be done satisfactorily by enacting compulsory registration for men of military age. If this were done no further compulsion might be necessary. . . . If after registration more men were required, it


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