Sir SAM HUGHES:
Why not have this clause read so that every year served in the war shall count the same as two years in time of peace?
Major-General MEWBURN: I would certainly have no objection to that. As I explained the other night, the present Pension Act provides only for officers seconded in the public service of Canada, and it was doubtful whether officers of the permanent force who had been given leave of absence in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, as that force was simply a temporary extension of the active militia, could come under this. In the former Act provision was made for men who had served in the South African War, or the Yukon, that
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the time they had served there would count for pension. This is simply to say tjaat men who have served in this war shall receive the benefits of the Pension Act. It has been suggested that men who have served in the present war should be allowed to count double time for their service. It is for the Committee to say whether the service given by these men in the present war should count double time for pension or not. If that were done, it would mean that section 4, which refers to the officers, and section 7, which refers to non-commissioned officers and men, would have to be amended by inserting the word "double" in each section.