Motion agreed to.
CANADIAN PATRIOTIC FUND ACT . AMENDMENT.
Hon. C. J. DOHERTY moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 39, to amend the Canadian Patriotic Fund Act, 1914. He said:
This Bill is intended to amend the
Act for two purposes: first, to enable
the Corporation created by the Act of 1914 to assist the wives, children and dependent relatives of residents of Newfoundland who may be on active service during the present war in the military or naval forces of Canada; secondly, to assist men of the Canadian expeditionary forces who may become incapacitated in the course of the war and return to Canada; and likewise to assist the widows and dependent relatives of members of the Canadian expeditionary forces who may be killed during the war. Under the present Act, the power to extend assistance to wives, children and dependent relatives is limited to relatives of residents of Canada actually serving in the expeditionary forces; so that under the law as it now stands, assistance could not be given to the dependent relatives of a resident of Newfoundland on active service in our naval or military forces. I understand that there are a number of these men, more particularly in the naval force, and we desire to treat their relatives in the same manner as those of Canadian residents on active service.
Under the present Act the Corporation has no power to give any assistance to members of the Canadian expeditionary forces who have become incapacitated during the war and returned to Canada. Its powers are limited to giving assistance to the wives, children and dependent relatives of men on actual service. Again, under the Act as it now stands, there is no power to give assistance to the wives, children and dependent relatives of men who have been killed on active service. The present amendment will give the Corporation these powers. With regard to the power to assist either men who have been incapacitated and returned to Canada, or widows, children and dependent relatives of men who have been killed, it is provided that this power can be exercised at any time during the war or within six months after the war, but that it shall not be exercisable for a period of more than six months, in favour of any one individual, person or persons, or the relative of any one person or persons; and, further, that it shall not be exercisable in favour of persons who are in receipt of a pension provided by Canada. It is, in effect, intended to cover a period which may elapse after a man has died or become incapacitated and before his dependent relatives, or himself if living, may have established their right to the benefit of a pension that may be provided
either by Canada or by the government of the country in whose service the man may have been. [DOT]
Motion agreed to, and Bill read the first time.