February 26, 1937

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That would be including the 2,000?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

That would include the

2,000. This would entail, at an annual average rate of $320, an expenditure of $264,000. If, on the other hand, provisions were made only for those who arrived in South Africa during hostilities, the cost would be $188,000 the first year. But we must always bear in mind that in preparing this memorandum they did not take into consideration the fact that a very large number saw service in the late war, some of whom were killed in the war, some probably disabled and receiving pension, and others of whom would be entitled, by reason of service in the late war, to war veterans' allowances.

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LIB

John Everett Lyle Streight

Liberal

Mr. STREIGHT:

Does the number of

7,368 who served in South Africa include the 1,200 that Canada sent over to serve in the South African constabulary in the latter part of the war?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I have not those figures

before me.

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CON

Howard Charles Green

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GREEN:

Before the item is carried,

I would remind the minister of this recommendation made by the pension committee last year:

Your committee also recommends that the Veterans' Assistance Commission to be appointed under the provisions of Bill No. 28 make an investigation into the position of those veterans under the age of fifty-five years who are by reason of disability, pre-aging and general unfitness, incapable of maintaining themselves.

Will the minister require from this commission a report in accordance with that recommendation ?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Very good; I shall be glad to do so.

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CON
LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Not forthwith. Let me get some of the others off my chest first.

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Item agreed to. Miscellaneous- Grant to the Canadian Council on Child and Family Welfare, $13,100.


SC

William Hayhurst

Social Credit

Mr. HAYHURST:

Mr. Chairman, I was just wondering about the item on the preceding page under pensions and national health, "authorized by statute." How is it that the -amount varies and there is an increase of $100,000 in the amount authorized by statute? What is the explanation for that?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

We cannot touch that in any shape or form; it is authorized by statute. If it is larger, I assume that more people are receiving pensions under the Militia Pension Act; that is all.

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Item agreed to. Grant to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, $18,000.


CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNIOOL:

Will the proposed act pertain to the proposed legislation in respect of the blind in any way?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

The grant is being provided under these estimates. No one has asked me to withhold any portion of it, nor do I intend to do so.

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Item agreed to. Grant to the Victorian Order of Nurses, $13,100.


CON

Gordon Graydon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GRAYDON:

Would the minister indicate whether this grant is being made to the headquarters of the Victorian Order of Nurses?

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Yes, to the national organization.

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CON

Gordon Graydon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GRAYDON:

Is that grant made by

reason of the fact that the Victorian Order of Nurses does a very great deal of good work with regard to returned soldiers?

Supply-Mines and Resources

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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

No; I think it is general good work all round. This item really comes under the Department of Health rather than under the Department of Pensions.

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CON

Gordon Graydon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GRAYDON:

I have a great deal of personal knowledge in regard to the work of the Victorian Order of Nurses in my home town of Brampton, and I should like to say that the splendid work which is done throughout Ontario and the dominion by these nurses cannot be overemphasized. I do not think this item should be allowed to pass without someone making this statement, because there are few organizations in this country that do as good work in as quiet and effective a way as the work which is done by the Victorian Order of Nurses.

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February 26, 1937