Grants, $85,750; salaries and staff, $41,252. Of course that is all outside the department; there is no departmental staff included in that. These people are not employees of my department, they are all employees of these committees; all we do is pay them.
There are two in Halifax, one in Charlottetown, three in Montreal, four in. Toronto, two in Hamilton, two in London, two in Windsor, two in Winnipeg, two in Regina, two in Calgary, two in Edmonton and three in Vancouver.
efforts of the individual committees and the zeal and activity of the secretaries. If the opportunities present themselves I have no doubt these men will be able to find employment for a large number of people. I have not the figures before me, but I was astonished at the number of men employed, for example, in Charlottetown, where one would not expect it. They found work for men on road work, provincial works and federal government works, in agriculture and on the railways. So that although we may not actually have projects, the value of these committees lies in the fact that there is someone who can look for work for returned men and do nothing else.
Mr. MaoNEIL: Has the minister a record of those who secured permanent employment and casual employment through the committees last year?
Is any part of that money of which the minister spoke a moment ago to be devoted to the land settlement scheme or assistance to veterans in market gardens or projects of that kind?
The minister was good enough to mention what had been accomplished in Regina. The honorary committee there, composed, as the minister stated, of business men, has devoted a great deal of time to this work and has done excellent work. Likewise the secretary of the committee, Mr. Lamont, has done his work in an excellent manner. In recognition
of the work that has been so well done by the committee there, would the minister be so good as to place on record what has actually been accomplished for the veterans at that point?
T eterans orkshops Limited, Regina, has been what might be termed salvage operations; that is, the demolishing of old buildings and the sale of the material so salvaged for building operations. In addition, the workshop has been doing quite a satisfactory business in building garages, small cottages, grain boxes, kitchen tables, et cetera.
The financial report of the workshops for the year ending August 27, 1938, reflects the fact that they made a small net profit during their year's operation and that their current assets at that time totalled $12,000; or, in other words, a sum almost equivalent to the funds advanced by the government in the way of grants, which totaled $15,000.
Wages paid during the year to veterans amounted to $14,000, there having been approximately seventeen permanent employees in the workshops, and casual employment was given during the year to some two hundred odd veterans.
We have not allotted any specific sum, because unexpectedly there really was very little demand; the honorary committees did not find that they could use the money we gave them. Last year it amounted to a mere bagatelle.
At the end of December, 1938, from the appropriation of $1,000 to provide tools and equipment, the sum of $278 was outstanding on equipment repayment account and $130 on transportation repayment account. The total unexpended balance is $590. From this it will be seen that a comparatively small amount was expended, but it has been the means of assisting some veterans to secure employment which otherwise they might not have had.
_ Mr. McNIVEN: The Regina committee has given a good deal of thought to a land settlement scheme, and also to establishing certain
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veterans as market gardeners. Would the minister favourably consider such a scheme if recommended by the honorary committee, or is there some other method of approach?
I would suggest to the honorary committee that it had better study any such scheme very carefully, because I am not yet convinced that those which have been started elsewhere will be a great success. But if they have made a thorough study of it and are convinced that they have something which will be of value to the returned men and not merely another project for the sake of calling it a project, it will get the very best consideration we can give. We will have the money for it, but I doubt if the department will be inclined to go into any such scheme unless it is pretty well convinced that the scheme has a fair chance of success.