HC Deb 26 April 1870 vol 200 cc1816-7

said, he wished to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether there is any truth in the statement contained in the "Toronto Globe" of the 2nd instant, that "in view of the intended expeditionary force to Red River, the Canada Rifles are not to be disbanded. "That this expeditionary force is to consist of not less than 2,000 men, of whom a fair proportion are to be Imperial Troops." And that "the Artillery required is to be furnished from England?"


, in reply, said, that so far as the Imperial Government was concerned, orders had been given for the disbandment of the Canada Rifles; but whether the Government of the Dominion might think fit that the whole or any part of that force should be retained, he could not tell. Measures for vindicating law and order, and the supremacy of the Crown had been for some time and were still, under the consideration of the Government; but were not yet in that state in which it would be expedient or con- ducive to the public service to make any announcement.