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The Honourable the Speaker informed the Senate that he had received a communication from the Secretary to the Governor .General, as follows:-

OTTAWA, 6th January, 1942.

SIR,-I have the honour to inform you that His Excellency the Governor General will arrive a t the Main Entrance of the Houses of Parliament a t 3 p.m.

on Thursday the 22nd January, 1942, and when it has been signified that all is in readiness, will proceed to the Senate Chamber to open the Third Session of the Nineteenth Parliament of Canada.


have the honour to be, Sir,

Your obedient servant,

A. S. R E D F E R N ,

Secretary to the Governor General.

The Honourable

The Speaker of the Senate, Ottawa.

Ordered, That the same do lie on the Table.

The Senate adjourned during pleasure.

After a while, His Excellency the Governor General having come, and being seated on the Throne,-

The Honourable the Speaker commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to proceed to the House of Commons and acquaint that House that,-


is His Excellency the Governor General's pleasure that they attend him immediately in the Senate Chamber.

The House of Commons being come,

His Excellency the Governor General was pleased to open the Session by;

a Gracious Speech to both Houses, as follows:-

Honourable Members of the Senate:

Members of the House of Commons:

There no longer can be any question as to the character and scope of the present war.


is a world-wide conflict between irreconcilable forces. On every continent, including the confines of our own, and on all oceans, forces t h a t aim a t world domination oppose forces t h a t seek the preservation of freedom. I n every quarter of the globe, civilization is confronted by savagery.

The conflict can have but one of two outcomes. Either tyranny, based on terror and brutality, must be overthrown; or the free peoples of the world, one and all, slowly but eventually, will be reduced to a state of bondage. Upon the outcome depends, for generations, the future well-being of mankind.


A.D. 1942 2 2 JANUARY ~ ~ 3

There are strong reasons for belief in the overthrow of tyranny, and t h e ultimate triumph of freedom. The Axis Powers: Germany, Italy and Japan, now fight as one. So do the peoples of the British Commonwealth, of t h e United States, Russia, China and the many other nations that, on the


day of this new year, united in a pact to fight together until victory is achieved The marshalling of the free forces of the greatest industrial nations in the world makes clear the scale upon which the conflict will now be waged OD

many fronts.

During the present session, opportunity will be afforded for the fullest consideration and discussion of Canada's war effort, actual and prospective.

My advisers will submit to you the measures deemed essential to our national security, and for the prosecution of the war to the utmost of our strength.

I n accordance with the government's policy of a total national effort for total war, you will be asked to approve a balanced programme for further increases in the armed forces and in the production of munitions of war and of foodstuffs. The increase in the armed forces will involve an expansion of the establishment of the Canadian army overseas. You will also be asked, as an integral part of Canada's direct war effort, to approve a contribution


Britain of vast quantities of munitions, foodstuffs and supplies.

The government's policy of national selective service will be extended, a s generally and rapidly as may be necessary, to effect the orderly and efficient enyloynient of the men and women of Canada for the varied purposes of war, You will be advised of the means the government proposes to adopt, to effect as completc as possible a mobilization of the material resources and manpower of the country in direct furtherance of a total national effort.

My advisers believe that the magnitude and balanced nature of Canada's war effort is being obscured and impaired by controversy concerning commit- ments with respect to the methods of raising men for military service which were made prior to the spread of the war to all parts of the world.

Tile government is of the opinion that, a t this time of gravest crisis


the world's history, the Administration, subject only to its responsibility tot Parliament, should in this connection and irrespective of any previous com- mitlnents, possess complete freedom to act in accordance with its judgment.

of the needs of the situation as they may arise.

M y ministers accordingly will seek, from the people, by means of


plebiscite, release from any obligation arising out of any past commitmenh restricting the methods of raising men for military service.

Members of the House of Commons:

You will be asked to make financial provision on an unprecedented


for t,he expansion and maintenance of Canada's armed forces and for w a r production.

You mill be asked to make financial provision for implementing agreements with the provinces to facilitate the orderly and equitable mobilization of t h e financial resources of the country to the utmost limit of its capacity.

Honoz~rable Members of the Senate:

Me.mbers of the House of Commons:


a,m confident that in no particular will the Canadian people fail in

t h e

full discharge of any of their great responsibilities. At this time, when vision and wisdom are so greatly needed in the affairs of the world,


pray that Almighty God ma,y guide and bless your deliberations.



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