working on a re-organization of the Winnipeg Branch into 15 or
16 district branches, to contain—it is estimated when all the
soldiers are back—about one thousand members per branch. The
advantages of this division are that meetings can be controlled,
producing better discussion and consequent satisfaction upon the
part of the members, and the segregation of the Extreme element
into certain branches. Then in the case of further trouble,
similar to this last issue, the public and the R.S. will [know] where
the trouble comes from.
This committee recommends that all R.S. qualified join the
G.W.V.A. immediately, to give us the necessary support at this
time, and in its re-organization.
You have shown yourselves good citizens by taking an active
part in the war. It may seem out of place to urge a new duty
on your return, but all Canadians are not good citizens. 60,000
of the best are in France; most of us have brothers and friends
there; Canada is facing the probability of internal disorder,
resulting in Bolshevism and kindred propaganda, playing on the
Alien and unfortunately a large class of our Canadian population.
Even if there had been no war we would have had to face this
trouble. Germany, with Austria a willing tool, started this
propaganda as early as 1902—seventeed [seventeen] years ago. Its rapid spread
in Europe and in Canada is undoubtedly due to the war, abut we
believe it would have come without the war. We are appealing
to the same and moderate of the Returned Soldiers, but activity
not passiveness is absolutely necessary. The Hun is beated
in the war he started, we must beat his war against our Canadian
institutions and peaceful reconstruction.