Hon. J. A. ROBB (Minister of Finance):
On February 8 my hon. friend from Vancouver Centre (Mr. Stevens) raised a question with reference to an expenditure of $45,000 under governor general's warrants. There was some controversy between the hon. member and the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) as to how this corresponded with a certain speech delivered at Richmond Hill. I promised to lay on the table the papers in relation to this matter, but perhaps the House would like to know that this expenditure was made to comply with the requirements of an order in council passed on December 29, 1921, which, as my hon. friend will recall, was about the day before the government of which he was a supporter resigned. Under the terms of that order in council the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment was authorized to assume the cost of compensation in respect of pensioners of twenty per cent and upwards who were engaged in industry, the object of such legislation being to make it easier to find employment for disabled ex-members of the forces. That order in council was renewed for one year on September 18, 1924, and accordingly it expired on September 18, 1925. At the time of this authorization an order in council was put through to meet expenditures that had been incurred during the winter of that year, the vote not having been quite sufficient. I will lay all the documents on the table so that my hon. friend can examine them.
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