|Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence|
Gault wired the Minister of Militia and Defence, Sam Hughes, in order to set up an appointment to discuss his plans personally with the Minister in Ottawa. Gault secured his meeting and, on August 3rd, travelled on the early morning train from Montreal to Ottawa to make a verbal proposal to Hughes.
During a break in a war-planning meeting, Gault made his proposal. Hughes listened intently and promised Gault the Government would consider his proposition to raise his own regiment. Hughes suggested, however, that an infantry regiment would be more useful to the government. Without hesitation Gault agreed to alter his plan.