Mr. Stewart (Yorkton):
I did not intend tc say anything on this item but, as a government member, a veteran, and a past president of our branch of the Legion, I do no1 want the house to be left with the impression that everything the Department of Veterans Affairs has done has been wrong. As we all know, we had grousers in the army. Sometimes the best grousers were the best fighters In this house, of course, we have an opposition and the duty of that opposition is tc criticize.
From the picture painted today people might believe that the Canadian veteran has not been well treated. I have not heard any complimentary remarks so far in this debate I have heard certain criticisms. The membei for Nanaimo (Mr. Pearkes) has mentioned the imperial veterans. The plight of these men has been under consideration by the Legion for many years. It has also beer considered by many successive governments I do not know how far the principle is to be carried in connection with imperial veterans Those veterans were employees of the United Kingdom. They were not soldiers of Canade at the time they came to Canada. These mer realized they would receive their pensior from the British government. How far does the member for Nanaimo intend to carry that principle? Will he extend it to the veterans of other allied nations who have come to Canada? Are we to add to the pension of a French veteran because France does not pay him a large enough pension' Is the Canadian taxpayer to pay him? I: that principle to apply to the veteran of the United States who comes to Canada and wants a larger pension?