March 23, 1944

REVERSION OF ACTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS TO RESERVE FORCE STATUS


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. H. C. GREEN (Vancouver South):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of National Defence. In Pacific coast papers reaching here yesterday there are dispatches

Army-Reversion oj Officers

to the effect that five hundred officers of the Canadian, active army within the Pacific command are being reverted in small groups to reserve force status, which means thait they are being discharged from the active army. The dispatches state that these officers are receiving letters informing them of recommendations for their reversion, and they are asked to furnish a statement within fourteen days setting forth reasons why they should not be so reverted. Further, it is stated, if the officer does not wish to submit reasons why he should not be reverted he is asked to sign the following statement:

I do not wish to make any statement against the recommendation that I cease to be on active service (returned to reserve force status).

Will the minister tell us whether or not these dispatches are correct and, if so, what provision is being made for giving these officers rehabilitation grants and any1 other allowances that would be given if they were discharged in the ordinary way.

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Minister of National Defence):

I do not think that on the orders

of the day it is proper to submit a question which deals with the whole matter of procedure with regard to the reversion of officers to reserve status. If the hon. gentleman asks me how many officers are being reverted,- I will endeavour to get that information. I make these observations now because, I submit, this question is quite out of order. What I should have to do would be to put on the record the full procedure with regard to the return of officers to reserve status. This newspaper report deals with some features of it, and I do not think my hon. friend has any objection to them-

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
Subtopic:   REVERSION OF ACTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS TO RESERVE FORCE STATUS
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NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

Mr. Speaker-

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

Just a moment, please. I do not know why he is including them in his question.

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
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NAT

Howard Charles Green

National Government

Mr. GREEN:

The reason why I am asking the question on the orders of the day is that these men have only fourteen days within which to answer the letter. I do not know whether the report is correct and I would ask the minister to tell us the facts. If he cannot do so to-day, to-morrow will be satisfactory.

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
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LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

That is my point. I find that what my hon. friend wants \o know is whether that length of time is the time given under the regulations. He will find in Hansard, at pages 437 and 566, a full statement with regard to 'the matter; but in view of the fact that he has seen fit to put on the record a dispatch appearing in the papers purporting to state the detailed procedure which is not complete, I prefer to answer the question to-morrow.

Topic:   CANADIAN ARMY
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MAPLE PRODUCTS

RATIONING-USE FOR PRESERVING PURPOSES


On the orders of the day: Hon. II. A. BRUCE (Parkdale): May I direct a question to the Acting Minister of Finance, of which I have given him notice? Will the minister consider the immediate removal of the restrictions on the purchase of maple syrup and maple sugar so that the ration coupons will not be necessary, since they will be urgently needed later on for preserving purposes, the limitation of which would seriously interfere with an essential food product?


LIB

James Layton Ralston (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Hon. J. L. RALSTON (Acting Minister of Finance):

I will treat the question as a notice.

Topic:   MAPLE PRODUCTS
Subtopic:   RATIONING-USE FOR PRESERVING PURPOSES
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PENSIONS

WIDOWS OF VETERANS OF FIRST WORLD WAR


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

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

Mr. S. H. KNOWLES (Winnipeg North Centre):

In view of the representations made last week to the Minister of Pensions and National Health by the national executive of the association of non-pensioned widows of veterans of the last war, may I ask the minister if consideration is being given to a further revision of the regulations under which, in certain cases, allowances are paid to these widows? If so, may we expect an announcement soon?

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   WIDOWS OF VETERANS OF FIRST WORLD WAR
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LIB

Thomas Vien (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The question will be taken as notice.

Topic:   PENSIONS
Subtopic:   WIDOWS OF VETERANS OF FIRST WORLD WAR
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RIGHT OF PRIVATE MEMBERS TO APPEAR BEFORE WAR EXPENDITURES COMMITTEE


On the orders of the day:


NAT

Thomas Langton Church

National Government

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I wish to call the attention of the house to the rights of a private member before a select committee. Some years ago, when the committee on railways and shipping was set up, it was deeided by the rules of the house and as a matter of principle that a private member, not a member of the committee, could appear before the committee and ask questions with reference to any matter in which he was interested. On that principle I would like to ask either you, sir,-I have not given you notice of the question and I would ask your pardon for the omission-or the chairman of the war expenditures committee, this question: Will the principle I have enunciated regarding the select committee mentioned apply to the war expenditures committee? After all, the

War Appropriation-Supplies

house as a whole is responsible for these war expenditures. We are being held responsible, and as private members we should have the right therefore to appear before the committee and ask questions. May I ask further when any of the reports of the committee will be presented-this is the thirty-sixth day now-so that it can be discussed. I would ask the chairman of the war expenditures committee that question, or I would ask any member of the government, or have this taken as notice of a question.

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March 23, 1944