He has also said it. That is the tenor of the article of the Vancouver Province which was sent to me by the Rev. Roy MacDonald. It is a personal letter which I give to the minister for his information.
Now, here is a letter from Mr. H. A. Ross, veteran, Fleming, Saskatchewan; ex-Princess Pat. He is a veteran of both wars; chairman of grievance and pension committee, taking his case as a test case. He received a bill for $33.50 for medical services, although called and instructed by D.V.A. to get treatment. There are many cases like that, and I will come to them later.
Now there is the case of Mr. John M. Pringle, L-12934, Froude, Saskatchewan; accepted as A-l April, 1940; proceeded overseas, June 1941; went to hospital overseas with bronchial pneumonia and arthritis of the spine; the fall of 1941 placed in category C-2; 1944 returned to Canada and discharged unfit for service; pension refused; C.P.C. says, "Arthritis condition pre-existing and not aggravated."
There are so many cases like that; but perhaps members of the committee would not listen to me if I quoted only cases from the province of Quebec. That is why I brought their attention to cases mostly outside of Quebec from veterans who are not satisfied with the way they have been treated by the C.P.C., otherwise known as the Canadian pension commission.
Now there is the case of Herbert Button, 639871-D, Ottawa; veteran, world war I; died from war injury. Mrs. Button, semiparalysed, received no pension. Evidence was here classified by C.P.C. as contradictory because one man stated Mr. Button had been hit on the head with a hand grenade and another that he had been blown up and buried. He could have sustained both injuries; but because they did not agree on the injury that caused his death, the widow has no pension. It is a very bad case, apparently. I worked on the case with the previous minister, and I did not succeed on account of the hard-headed commission.
Now there is the case of Ralph Jones, New Brunswick-and I take them as they come. This is G-52067, Cork Station, York county, New Brunswick; served overseas from May, 1944, to October, 1945, and escaped form Ste. Anne de Bellevue hospital February 9,
Supply-Veterans Affairs 1948. His wife has not heard from him since. Is he dead or alive? Mrs. Jones does not believe the information she has had about her husband is accurate. Could she claim a pension if he is dead? No one knows.
Then there is the case of Charles Bohan, 335807, Bath, New Brunswick; medically unfit for hard work. Enlisted April 16, 1916; discharged March, 1919; served in England and France; two years overseas; six months in hospital; received $12 a month pension. Wants question put on the order paper about the pension tribunal, 1930-33. For a long time they had some trouble with the pension tribunal.
Then there is the case of P. M. Tamlyn, Lancaster hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick; wants a series of questions asked of the government. The letter is here and I will pass it over to the minister who will read it in due course-and I hope he will answer those letters, privately, to me, so I can forward his answers to that gentleman.
Then, Mrs. H. M. Hayward, Blackville. New Brunswick, who wrote me on May 28,-
As I said in my former letter, I had no axe to grind in writing you-
She received a pension of $75 a month. Then she says:
But your opinion of many of the doctors at the veterans hospitals was so right and so exactly described the case of my husband that I felt I just had to write and let you know.
Then there is the case of Roy Clyde, 59172, Peninsula, Gaspe county; B.P.C. No. 141424-fifty-five years of age; lost right eye in a theatre of war; forty per cent pension; buried three times by enemy shells; fifteen per cent shock. C.P.C. says he is not entitled to automatic raise for 55-year-old 50 per cent pensioners, because his pension is 40 per cent for direct action and 15 per cent for other conditions. His shock is due to the fact that he was buried three times by enemy shells. They say it was not direct action. This is a case I would like to have redressed.
Then there is the case of P. Roberge, 1169 St. Georges, Montreal. Up to April 5, he received $40 a month veterans allowance for services rendered in an actual theatre of war. This is not a loan, according to the law. He has been working since April 6; has been informed that the surplus of $600 a year that he earns will be deducted from future allowance. He expects to earn $1,800 this year; will owe the allowance board $1,200, which means he will be penalized for thirty months at $40 a month. A few beneficiaries of this allowance who have worked have been prosecuted and even imprisoned for such reimbursement. Mr. Roberge would like this law changed to correct such an anomaly. [Mr. Pouliot.l
The next is the case of Edouard Simard, D-l 10853, Montreal. He suffered from arteriosclerosis of the heart with angina pectoris. He was treated in hospital-up until now unsuccessful in his application for a pension.
Then there is the case of P. A. Levert, D-114821; St. Aime sur Richelieu. This man is a son of a veteran, he has five dependents and is a total invalid. He receives $36.50 from D.V.A. Report of Dr. H. Martel of Sorel is corroborated by many well known doctors that Levert is suffering from: 1. Painful umbilical hernia; 2. Chronic bronchitis with emphysema and enlarged heart; 3. Sciatica, right side; 4. Chronic arthritis of the right knee. He says his case has been aggravated by the D.V.A. doctors. He wants the law changed to permit veterans to choose their own doctors and hospitals and have them paid by the D.V.A.
Then the next is J. M. Fontaine, of 52A Fournier, Drummondville, Quebec. He complains about the Hopital de la Reine Marie, Montreal, in which he spent three months. He says that the veterans are used as guinea pigs of the medical profession.
I know this medical officer very well and I knew him when he was in charge of the soldiers at Quebec city. He was the son-inlaw of a former mayor. He knew what the war was because he went to England on a Cook's tour that lasted one, two or three months. He was then qualified for overseas preference. The troubles I had with him during the war were something awful and I cannot understand how he has been successful in pulling the strings to get his promotion to Montreal. The soldiers suffered at his hands.
This soldier complains about the Queen Mary hospital, Montreal, because they are using the veterans as guinea pigs for the medical profession. I do not blame all the doctors, but hon. members who are here today must remember the case I made against the army doctors who treated the soldiers like cattle during the last war. They used to put men who were completely disabled in category A.
I asked Colonel Desrosiers, the former deputy minister of national defence, to look after these cases. Everyone knows that the actual Minister of Veterans Affairs did a lot to help the soldiers when he was parliamentary assistant to the minister of national defence. I must pay a tribute to him and to Bill Macdonald of Halifax who did so much to help those soldiers whose cases were brought before the army doctors at the time.
Fontaine entered the hospital with a disjointed foot; he had three operations and now has a permanently incapacitated foot, knee
and hip. He was told at 35 McGill street that he will never receive help from them because he had written to the minister of pensions about the treatment he received at the said hospital. I know that the minister is broadminded and will not refuse to study the cases of these men that I am bringing to his attention. We have a minister to whom we can speak and we must speak to him because the pension commission is doing nothing to help these soldiers who are in distress.