Certainly we could not say that.
In my opinion the figures given by the minister were entirely unreliable, and not figures on which his argument could properly be based. He has approached this whole question of the request for an increase in pensions on a needs basis, and as a result we have this vote of $2 million.
This vote will help only 6,000 out of over
160,000 pensioners in Canada-in other words, between three and four per cent. No pensioner, if single who has less than thirty-five per cent disability or if married who has less than forty-five per cent disability, receives benefits. The payment is $20 a month for a single man and $40 for a married man. The applicant must prove that he is unemployable. He must prove that the fact that he is unemployable is due to his disability. At the moment the vote reads as follows:
To provide financial assistance after the thirty-first of May, 1951, in accordance with regulations to be made by the governor in council to unemployable veterans who are in receipt of pension under the Pension Act for a disability which is a major factor contributing to their unemployability.
The committee has recommended that the word "major" be deleted.