June 24, 1925

PRO

Archibald M. Carmichael

Progressive

Mr. CARMICHAEL:

What has been done by this imperial commission in the way of taking care of the graves after they are marked out?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

The situation is that this commission gather the bodies of the boys and locate them in a cemetery in the vicinity, as near as possible, to where they had fallen. I happened to be in Great Britain last year and visiled a number of the cemeteries, and I can assure the committee that the care of them by this commission is most efficient, and everyone in Canada can feel sure that the care of the dead has been regarded as a most sacred duty by them, and has been attended to in a most careful way. They collected them all in the various cemeteries, and decorated the graves with leaves and flowers.

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Item agreed to. Adjustment of war claims-National Defence-military services, $400,000, naval services, $25,000.


PRO
LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

Since the

war quite a number of claims between Great Britain and this country have arisen with regard to various matters and they have still remained unsettled. This vote is purely a precautionary vote which may not be called upon. It has been renewed from year to year and some adjustmnts have been made.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Nothing was

spent in that regard last year?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

Not to my recollection. Claims are made, for instance, in regard to war gratuities and matters of that kind, the details of which I cannot recollect at the moment, and they are paid out of this vote. It may seem strange that seven years after the war there should be claims by those entitled to gratuities, and one would have thought they would have got the money but claims are continually coming in.

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PRO

Robert Gardiner

Progressive

Mr. GARDINER:

Are many claims outstanding between this country and Great Britain?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

Yes. Some have yet to be adjusted.

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UFA

Alfred Speakman

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. SPEARMAN:

Have these claims any relation to the work carried on by the late Mr. Pugsley?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

They have

nothing to do with that.

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LAB

Joseph Tweed Shaw

Labour

Mr. SHAW:

Has any claim been made

by the republic of France against this government for anything for pensions, or would that be charged to the Imperial government?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

We have

had no such claim.

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PRO

Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

Has any consideration been given to claims of Canadians who enlisted during the past war and who lost to some extent on the rate of exchange between this country and Great Britain?

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LIB
PRO

Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

Has any decision been arrived at by the department in that connection?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

No. I remember a case of that kind being before me a short time ago but it has not been decided. I have not had time to go into the details.

Supply-Defence

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PRO

Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

Has the department

received many claims in regard to the difference in the rate of exchange?

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LIB

Edward Mortimer Macdonald (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. MACDONALD (Pictou):

With the

exception of one case, I do not recall any such claims having come before me since I became minister. I understand many were made before, but they have been adjusted.

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Item agreed to. [DOT] Military services-to provide for payment to the Governors of McGill University of revenue derived from property on Lome crescent in the city of Montreal, donated to the crown by the late I.ord Strathcona as a site for an armoury for McGill University, tl6.918.90.


June 24, 1925