Yes, but I want to know whether the department pays the compensation board when a man has been killed or injured. Does it wait until a man has been injured, and then pay, which is equivalent to the department doing insuring, or does it simply pay the rate per man employed?
As I have explained, this arises out of a situation which existed in 1921 in many of the provinces, if not all, where there were no workmen's compensation boards, and the employer was obliged to take out insurance against claims. Therefore he would not wish to take into his factory or industry a man who was more likely to be subject to industrial accident on account of his war disability. As a result of that situation, and in order to encourage employment of ex-soldiers, the department undertook to pay those claims.
I am convinced that money spent in that connection is well spent. I went through the vetcraft shop at Christie street hospital, and it was most interesting to see the men working there, many of whom if they were not in that shop would become mentally defective. I know quite a number myself. The department in providing this work is not only giving them an opportunity to supplement their pension; it is making their lives livable. I certainly am happy to support this vote.