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Canada—The Volunteers

Volume 203: debated on Thursday 14 July 1870

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Question

said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether Her Majesty's Government has taken, or is about to take, any steps to mark its sense of the zeal and gallantry displayed by the Colonial Forces during the recent disturbances on the Canadian frontier?

Sir, Her Majesty's Government, immediately upon receiving information with respect to the conduct of the Canadian Volunteers, addressed a despatch to the Governor General of Canada expressing—what I am sure was the feeling of the House and of the country—their sense of the spirit, bravery, promptitude, and energy exhibited by the Volunteers during the recent disturbances on the frontier. They had further addressed a letter to the Governor General of Canada asking him whether there are any officers to whom he would recommend that the Order of St. Michael and St. George should be awarded. No answer has yet been received; but I can assure the hon. Member Her Majesty's Government are anxious to mark in every way they can their sense of the gallant conduct of the Canadian Volunteers.