That may be a debatable point from the hon. gentleman's standpoint. So far as the evidence that came before the committee is concerned, we are convinced that the pensions provided by Canada are higher than those provided by any other belligeient country. As to gratuities, I do not think it will be disputed by anybody, that in so far as that feature of our work of re-establishment is concerned, and it is a part of our reestablishment work, Canada has gone further than any other belligerent country in the world, and very much further in some cases. As regards the provision we have made for soldier settlement, I think I am safe in saying from all the reading I have done and all the inquiries I have made, that we are miles in advance of anything being done by any of the other countries that took part in the war.
We are actually placing the men on the land and are getting results. It may be that in other countries they have lots of paper provisions, indulge in much talk, and intimate that they are prepared to do things. But as a matter of fact, in this country we have had for months now an organization that is actually ge'tting the men on the land, and that organization at the present time is being worked to the limit right through Canada, from ocean to ocean.
I need not refer again to the work of the Department of Soldiers' Civil Reestablishment. I believe that every member of Parliament and the people of the
country generally recognize that everything should be done that can reasonably be done on behalf of the disabled men who are unfitted for their former occupations. That work has been undertaken by this department, and as has already been intimated, the country has provided, for that class of work to the end of this year, an expenditure in the neighbourhood of $57,000,000. I am sure Parliament will be prepared to vote the further sum required, about $50,000,000, in order that that work may be carried on.
Subtopic: MOTION FOR CONCURRENCE IN REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE.