to the Prime Minister of Canada
the war ended, the Conference of Historic Peace Churches sent a
letter to Prime Minister King thanking him for allowing them to
the undersigned, duly authorized representatives of the Conference
of Historic Peace Churches in Canada, do hereby present a brief
statement of our appreciation and gratitude to you and your Government
for the kindly consideration you have shown to our participating
Brethren in Christ (Tunker),
the years of war from which we are presently emerging.
have, as you are well aware, a traditional and Scriptural background
which causes us to hold very strong convictions against taking part
in war. The opportunity of service to our country as provided in
Alternative Service was with few exceptions very acceptable to us
and greatly appreciated.
believe that your administration in preserving inviolate the right
of conscience and the religious liberty of minority groups, exercised
a Christian virtue which is the basis of all true democratic government.
believe this will result in the blessing of the Eternal God resting
on yourself and the people of Canada whom you have so efficiently
led for an unprecedented length of time.
hope and pray that our people may ever be mindful of this great
kindness and that the Parliament of Canada may continue to extend
such liberties in the future.
submitted by E. J. Swalm, Chairman, Historic Peace Churches,
Martin, Chairman, Committee on Military Problems,
Shantz, Secretary, Committee on Military Problems. [Toews, 39]