I quite understand.
My right hon. friend is only inquiring whether these considerations were before the committee and were considered. As a matter of fact, they were. The attention of the committee was exhaustively directed to matters such as have been referred to by my right hon. friend. No doubt my hon. friend from Kingston may have a word or two to say in regard to them, and I will leave to him the task of dealing with the points suggested by my right hon. friend.
A very important question upon which the committee capre to no final conclusion was the question of whether we should include in our pension list those men who enlisted in Canada for service in any of the Allied countries or who went as reservists to the British Isles. It was felt by the committee that the inclusion of this class in our pension list at this juncture would not be prudent. Some members of the committee were very strongly of the opinion that provision should he made at once for the inclusion of this class, but it was deemed wise and prudent to take at least a year for deliberation and consideration of the question. I may point out that the estimate which has been given of the extra annual charge which would be involved by the inclusion of that class is $1,000,000, and, in view of this fact, together with the other consideration that it was thought desirable before final action was taken to obtain full information from the other countries interested as to how they deal with pensions in Canada, it was felt that the recommendation made was the best way of solving this question. In conclusion, I may say that every hon. gentleman on the committee worked with the greatest unity, interest and enthusiasm upon this very important question with the view of arriving, if possible, at some scheme
which would enable this country to feel that it was doing its duty towards those who go out and suffer and die on behalf of the issues involved in this great war. We were guided by these feelings and by the desire that Canada should do what is right and proper and generous towards our soldiers.
Subtopic: REPORT OF SPECIAL COMMITTEE.