that the man was so badly disabled that there was a possibility that his physical condition must have been a very important factor in his decease, even though he might have died as a result of an accident. It was not considered right to place the widow in the position of having to prove that death was due to his disability. I cannot recall any representations having been made until this year that the widow of every pensioner should be pensioned.
I have no doubt that there are many widows, in the soldier group as well as in the civilian group, who are left without adequate means of support. However, when it is considered seriously, I doubt if anyone will lay down the proposition that the widow of a war veteran should be pensioned simply because he served in the army. This is going far beyond any suggestion of a service pension for those who served overseas. There are many pathetic cases, and I think I could recite just as many, if not more than any hon. member of the house. A widow will write to me and say that her husband has died recently, that he was a soldier with good service overseas. She says she is sixty years of age, too young for an old age pension and too old to take a job. She wants to know what we are going to do. There is no answer I can give her except that her case should be looked after in the same way as that of any ordinary civilian Much as I sympathize with her, that is the only answer I can make.
I shall be glad to get an expression of opinion from hon. members after they have been fully seized of all the implications of this proposal. If parliament decides that these widows should be placed on the pension roll of the state, then I think we will have great difficulty in refusing any demand whatsoever made by soldiers who served overseas. I do not see how we could refuse the man who served overseas anything at all in the way of a living wage, maintenance allowance, revenue, pension or bonus, whatever you want to call it. We have been asked to allow the rate laid down in the Labour Gazette, while other suggestions have been that we should pay a bonus of $2,000 or S4.000. We could not refuse anything to the man who served overseas once we carry out the recommendations of this association of widows.