Order No. 13 has been on the Order Paper- for some time, and embodies a proposal which I think it would be very well for the House to adopt. In the absence of the hon. member for Kingston (Mr. Niekle), I beg to move on his behalf that the motion be passed in the
following terms, leaving out some unnecessary words in order to make it effective:
That a Special Committee be appointed to consider and report upon the Pension Board, the Pension Regulations and the sufficiency or otherwise of the relief afforded thereunder, the Pension lists in force in Canada for disabled and other soldiers and the dependents of those killed while on active service, and any other matters relating thereto or connected therewith, with power to send for persons, papers and records, to examine witnesses under oath and to report from time to time.
Topic: THE WAR.
Subtopic: SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS.
The proposed amendment will not affect the principle of the Act at all, but it has been found, in administering the Act, that it might be made materially more useful if some amendment were made touching the procedure under it. There are quite a humber of such changes, and I do not suppose the House desires me at this stage to go into all the details.
I would like to ask the hon. gentleman to define his question a little more clearly. It is difficult to determine what he contemplates by " draftees." Does he contemplate men eligible for service and ordered to report, or men who
have been actually enrolled? It makes a difference not only as to the first question, but as to what is apparently contemplated by the other questions. I would be glad if the hon. gentleman would let me know exactly what he wants.
Topic: MILITARY SERVICE ACT.
Subtopic: ENROLMENTS AND EXEMPTIONS.