Hon. H. S. BELAND (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment) _ moved that the House go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution :
Resolved, That it is expedient to amend The Returned Soldiers' Insurance Act by providing,-
(1) That in any case where an application for insurance under the said Act has been received, and the applicant has died prior to the delivery to him of the policy of insurance, the approval of the application by the proper officer and the receipt of the initial premium shall be deemed to have been sufficient to put the insurance into force, unless it can be shown that the application was fraudulent, and any insurance moneys which would have been payable had the policy been delivered to the applicant shall now be made payable, subject to a deduction of the amount of premium due from the date of application to the date of death.
(2) That any applications which were rejected prior to 1st July, 1922, under any conditions set forth in section 2 of the amending Act of 1922, or the schedule thereto, shall be reviewed, except in cases where the applicant is suffering or has become impaired as a result of self-inflicted wounds or immoral conduct, or where the application was fraudulent, and provision be made to give the right on such review to any applicant now living to insure, and if the applicant has died, the amount of insurance for which he applied shall now be made payable, less the amount which would have been due as premium from the date of application to the date of death, notwithstanding that no effective insurance contract was completed, and provided that the application was approved.
He said: His Excellency the Governor General having been informed of the subject matter of the resolution has given his consent and recommends it to the consideration of the House. I do not know whether any explanation should be forthcoming at this stage.
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but I will content myself with saying at the moment that there is a slight deficiency in the phrasing of the second section of the resolution which carries the proviso: "Provided that the application was approved." The meaning intended is, provided a sufficient time has elapsed after the application in order that, in the ordinary course of procedure, it might have had an opportunity of being either approved or rejected. When the resolution is before the House in committee I shall fully explain it.