November 6, 1941

NAT

John Ritchie MacNicol

National Government

Mr. MacNICOL:

On Monday last I believe it was I who asked the Minister of Pensions and National Health a question in reference to the reporting of a committee in connection with pensions to widows of non-pensioned soldiers. I did not word my question properly, and the minister gave a correct answer to the question I asked, but the question I had in mind was this: Before the house adjourned

in the spring we were informed by the minister that during the summer that special committee would continue to consider the question of pensions to these widows, and we would hear something about it when the house met again.

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LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

The ' report of the parliamentary committee recommended that the government give consideration to certain action with reference to the subject mentioned by my hon. friend. That consideration has been given by the government during the recess, and the decision of the government has been not to amend the War Veterans' Allowance Act during this session or the next session, and generally the opinion that any remedy that can be given in

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that direction should be given as part of social service legislation and not under the War Veterans' Allowance Act.

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NAT

John Ritchie MacNicol

National Government

Mr. MacNICOL:

Under what legislation

can these unfortunate non-pensioned soldiers'

widows receive consideration?

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CCF

Angus MacInnis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. MacINNIS:

Referring to the discussion that took place immediately the Minister of Labour sat down, as to procedure that would be followed from to-morrow, my understanding of our meeting in the Prime Minister's office is that what he had said to-night is substantially in accord with the agreement arrived at; that is, that the procedure will be much the same as in committee of the whole. If an hon. member wants to speak for a considerable length of time, even forty minutes or more, he is at liberty to speak, and if he wants to ask questions he can do that. But I understand that the procedure will be the same as if the house were in committee on some particular subject.

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Ernest George Hansell

Social Credit

Mr. HANSELL:

We have listened to very fine addresses from some of the ministers, but I do not think those addresses have covered Canada's entire war effort. Can the committee expect to hear from the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister of Trade and Commerce?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I have just said that it was thought advisable that the formal statements should be confined to those departments that have primarily to do with the war effort. Then, if there are other matters that hon. members wish to discuss, affecting other departments, whether they relate to the war effort or to purely departmental matters apart from the war effort, the same liberty will be afforded for asking questions and receiving answers and having discussion.

The committee rose and obtained leave to sit again at the next sitting of the house.

On motion of Mr. Mackenzie King the house adjourned at 10.10 p.m.

Friday, November 7,1941

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November 6, 1941