I have in mind some men in my constituency who would be in this class: They served overseas, and I should like to have an answer to give them. They were gassed, and although they have no marks on them by way of wounds, as a result of the gas they have recently been unable to follow their occupations.
I have received several letters from war veterans in western Canada, and especially from exprisoners of war, who complain that they are unable to obtain remuneration from the pensions department. They contend there are a great many pensioners employed at large salaries, and they feel that if there were a deadline whereby, after a man received say $2,000 per year, his pension would be discontinued, they would have a better opportunity of presenting their case and receiving a certain amount of money from the vote. Is it a fact that there is no limitation on the amount of salary a pensioner may receive?
Pension has nothing to do with the salary a man receives either from the government or from a private concern. It has always been held as a principle, from the very first pension committee, that the awarding of a pension to any ex-soldier should not debar him from any employment whatsoever. I do not know how the constituents of the hon. member in western Canada would be assisted in any way in establishing their claim for pensions if we were to take away from someone who already has a pension his (Mr. Power.]
right to earn a living or to earn a salary commensurate with his ability and1 capacity.