Canada at War: THE DOMINION: A Tale of Sim

Ottawa's bureaucracy was not amused last week when a 15-year-old schoolboy satirized Canada's red-taped National Selective Service (the Dominion's version of the War Manpower Commission). Donald Sim, son of a Government official, wrote that he visited Selective Service headquarters in Ottawa and told a functionary :

"I've found a job for the summer and I'd like the necessary permits to take it."

The rest of the interview, as recorded by Donald for his high-school annual:

"For answer the man pulled out a pad of very official forms . . . [and] stiffly replied: 'You mean you want a permit to look for a...

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