February 23, 1937

LIB
SC

Joseph Needham

Social Credit

Mr. NEEDHAM:

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.

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

There is no deadline for them, if they served overseas. That provision applies only to those who served in Canada.

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SC

Otto Buchanan Elliott

Social Credit

Mr. ELLIOTT (Kindersley):

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?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

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.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

No, no.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

It is eleven o'clock.

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CCF

Charles Grant MacNeil

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. MacNEIL:

There is a question I

should like to ask, but I see it is eleven o'clock.

Item stands.

Progress reported.

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VACANCY

LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I have the honour to inform the house that I have received a communication from two members notifying me that the following vacancy has occurred in the representation, to wit:

Of Matthew McKay, member for the electoral district of Renfrew North, by decease.

I accordingly issued my warrant to the chief electoral officer to make out new writs of election for the said electoral district.

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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Wednesday, February 24, 1937


February 23, 1937