This is the item under which it was arranged earlier in the session we should be at liberty to discuss the report of the veterans' assistance commission. There was some discussion on it one night when the item was up previously, about two months ago, but that was a one-man performance with the minister taking all the parts; he then told us that he was not going to accept the main recommendation of the commission.
Before I proceed to deal with that report, I should like to add a word in support of the suggestion that the government do something to help the imperial veterans. I agree with the hon. member for New Westminster that for many years the lot of the imperial veterans in Canada has been a tragic one, and anything that can be done by this parliament to assist them certainly should be done.
This, I suggest, is the session when the commission chickens are coming home to roost. Two years ago this government quite cheerfully tied several difficult problems to several commission chickens, with the result that they were flown away and did not have to be faced until this year. Now these chickens are back with reports. There is the veterans' assistance commission, known as the Rattray commission; the national employment commission, known as the Purvis commission; the
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textile commission and the wheat marketing commission, both known as Turgeon commissions, and the penitentiary commission, known as the Archambault commission. Then there is the Rowell commission on dominion-provincial relations just over in the next field, on the way back-
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OP EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: DEPARTMENT OP PENSIONS AND NATIONAL HEALTH