March 28, 1935


Item agreed to.


PENSIONS AND NATIONAL HEALTH


War veterans' allowances-further amount required, $20,000.


LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver):

May I ask the Minister of Pensions (Mr. Sutherland) when he expects that the report of the special committee that is considering the question of unemployment among ex-service men will be submitted to parliament, and is it the minister's intention then to submit the report to a special committee of this house?

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Donald Sutherland

Mr. SUTHBREAND:

That has not yet been considered. As the hon. gentleman knows, the committee has been sitting only about a week, and as soon as I have any idea of the time when they will make their report I shall be very glad to give the information.

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UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

There are quite a lot of war veterans' in Canada receiving the war veterans' allowance who are homeless men, and I would ask the minister whether his department would not consider using the old Brant house at Burlington, which I think is government property, and is now vacant. It could be fitted up as a home for these men who are now homeless and in receipt of war veterans' allowance. I think they would be far better off in a home like that where they could be eared for properly, and I do not think it would cost the department any more money. I think the suggestion is certainly worthy of investigation.

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CON

Donald Matheson Sutherland (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SUTHERLAND:

The idea has some merit undoubtedly, and sooner or later I am of the opinion that some step of that kind will have to be taken for that type of men. As to the particular building which the hon. gentleman suggests I am a little doubtful as to its suitability, and particularly as to

whether the building is a good fire risk, and of course every building of that kind must be almost fireproof because old soldiers like to take a smoke at two o'clock in the morning, and there is more risk of fire in consequence. That building was an old summer hotel, and I do not think it would be fit for the purpose.

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UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

If that building is not just as fit as the minister thinks it should be, would not the department consider fixing up some building for the purpose? The only reason I suggest that building is that I know it is standing idle and it seems to me it is well located, but it may be that the fire hazard would be too great. The minister says that sooner or later something of this kind will have to be done. It is now more than fifteen years after the war and I think it is time that the department did establish some such home for the veterans. I want to take this opportunity of pressing on the minister that he give the suggestion very serious consideration with a view to providing an item in the estimates for that purpose next year.

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CON

Donald Matheson Sutherland (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SUTHERLAND:

These patients are

being looked after to a certain extent by the civic hospital. My own opinion is that the existing hospitals will gradually become institutions of that character. Cases of acute illness will have to be dealt with by the general hospitals under some arrangement. The department is giving a good deal of attention to this matter.

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UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

It is true that many of these patients are being cared for by the hospitals. I have in mind one man who has been in Belcher hospital for about six years. I understand that on three different occasions the hospital authorities have threatened to carry him out of the hospital and leave him on the door-step of the rural municipality. I have had to appeal personally to the minister to prevent this being done. There is no hospital in the municipality where this man can be cared for and he should not be in the position of being dependent upon a member of parliament going to the minister to prevent his being turned out of the hospital. Surely this problem could be dealt with in a national way. As a matter of fact Belcher hospital is not the proper place to keep a man of this type. It is located in the noisiest section of Calgary. An old business house was taken over which was located alongside a freight track while Eighth avenue, along which there is a Very heavy traffic in street cars, is on the other side. I do not want to hold up the work of the committee except to say that this is a problem which should have been dealt with

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long ago. I think the department should bring forward proper recommendations to deal with cases of this kind. Six years ago this man was declared to be one hundred per cent disabled, not being able to put on his own clothes. He could not obtain a pension and it was only through my representations to the former Minister of Pensions and National Health that he was admitted to Belcher hospital. I am sure that this case is typical of hundreds of others. This country is well able to take care of these men and I submit that at the next session the department should present some scheme for taking care of them in a better way.

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

I have made inquiry and

have found that the French translation of these supplementary estimates has been available to members at the distribution office ever since March 20.

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CON

Robert King Anderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ANDERSON (Halton):

Mr. Chairman, I should like to refer briefly to the Brant military hospital at Burlington. During the last few years this group of buildings has been inspected several times by officials from the department. The buildings are in a very poor state of repair and it would cost probably thousands of dollars to make them habitable. There is one section which is in a fair state of repair but even that has not been used for a number of years. I think these buildings should be looked at to see if they would not be suitable for use. They are located on the shore of lake Ontario amid beautiful surroundings and I think they should be made use of. The Department of Public Works has considered the taking down of the oldest building while certain other buildings in the park have been removed. There are still three or four left, one of which is being used by the watchman. The Department of the Interior has been requested by the people of Halton to take over this park and make it a national park in memory of Chief Brant, whose old residence was located there, the one he used when he was living in that section of Ontario.

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I am under the impression that all items for the Department oif Pensions and National Health have been passed; is that right?

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CON

Donald Matheson Sutherland (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SUTHERLAND:

I believe there will be a small supplementary estimate for the coming year. This item is for the current year ending March 31.

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Will the minister undertake to provide an opportunity to discuss matters relating to pensions and national health, particularly those relating to relief for pensioners?

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CON

Donald Matheson Sutherland (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SUTHERLAND:

I am glad to give an undertaking that such an opportunity will be provided.

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Item agreed to.


TRADE AND COMMERCE


Royal commission on price spreads and mass buying, $75,000.


LIB

March 28, 1935