March 12, 1952

SOLDIER SETTLERS

INDEBTEDNESS

SC

Mr. Fair:

Social Credit

1. How many soldier settlers of great war I were in debt to the soldier settlement board as at (a) January 1, 1951; (b) January 1, 1952?

2. What was the total amount of indebtedness of those settlers as at (a) January 1, 1951; (b) January 1, 1952?

3. What is the total amount paid in by the settlers, during the above period?

4. In how many cases were reductions made?

5. What is the total amount of reductions granted, during the year 1951?

6. Have any foreclosures been made or quit claims been demanded, during the period under review? If so, how many of each?

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   INDEBTEDNESS
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LIB

Mr. Muich: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

1. (a) 1,272; (b) 862.

2. (a) $1,428,069.42; (b) $950,725.33.

3. $375,382.50.

4. 388.

5. $196,983.68.

6. No.

Topic:   SOLDIER SETTLERS
Subtopic:   INDEBTEDNESS
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NATIONAL DEBT

LIB

Mr. Mclvor:

Liberal

1. What was the national debt of Canada at the beginning of world war I?

2. What was such debt at the end of the war?

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3. By how much was it reduced before world war II?

4. What was the national debt at the end of world war II?

5. How much of this debt has been paid off since then?

6. What amount of interest will the government pay on such debt this year?

7. By how much does the government expect to reduce such debt this year?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEBT
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LIB

Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

1-5. The net debt of Canada (total liabilities less active assets):

March 31, 1914 $ 335,996,850.14

March 31, 1919 $ 1,574,531,032.44

Increase 1914-19 $ 1,238,534,182.30

March 31, 1939 $ 3,152,559,314.48

Increase 1919-39 $ 1,578,028,282.04

March 31, 1946 $13,421,405,449.21

Increase 1939-46 $10,268,846,134.73

March 31, 1951 $11,433,314,948.07

Decrease 1946-51 $ 1,988,090,501.14

6. Interest paid on the public debt during the first ten months of fiscal year (i.e. up to January 31) amounted to $302,413,909. The figure for the year as a whole will be reported in the budget speech of the Minister of Finance.

7. The reduction in debt in the current fiscal year will be disclosed in the budget speech.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEBT
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OLD AGE PENSIONS-REDUCTION IN WAR PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES

PC

Mr. Fraser:

Progressive Conservative

1. How many pensions, if any, have been reduced by the Canadian pension board since January 1, 1952, on account of recipients of pensions now receiving old age security pensions without the means test?

2. How many of these pensions are those of veterans of the first great war?

3. How many are those of dependents of veterans?

4. How many war veterans' allowances, if any, have been reduced by the war veterans' allowance board since January, 1952, owing to the fact that the recipients of the war veteran's allowance are now receiving old age security pensions without the means test?

5. How many of these allowances were discontinued altogether?

6. How many of (a) veterans of the first great war; (b) dependents of veterans?

Topic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS-REDUCTION IN WAR PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
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LIB

Mr. Muich: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

1. Disability pensions reduced, nil; widows' pensions reduced, nil; other dependents' pensions reduced, 475.

2. Answered by No. 1.3. Answered by No. 1.4. Veterans, 5,580; widows, 1,163; total,

6,743.

5. Veterans, 1,883; widows, 141; total,

2,024.

6. (a) 5,547; (b) 1,163.

Topic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS-REDUCTION IN WAR PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
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OLD AGE ASSISTANCE

PAYMENTS TO PATIENTS IN INSTITUTIONS

PC

Mr. White (Middlesex East):

Progressive Conservative

1. In what manner is payment made to persons who are eligible for old age assistance who are confined to (a) county homes; (b) tubercular sanatoria; (c) mental institutions; (d) civic hospitals; (e) military hospitals?

2. How are payments made to indigent patients, and in what amount?

3. How are payments made to others and in what amount?

Topic:   OLD AGE ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   PAYMENTS TO PATIENTS IN INSTITUTIONS
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LIB

Mr. McCusker: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

1. (a) Assistance is paid to a recipient if he is capable of handling his own affairs. If he is not (this decision is made by the provincial authority), the assistance is paid to whatever official of the county home or other person may be appointed by the provincial authority to act as trustee for the recipient. In the latter case the provision requiring payment of part of the assistance to the recipient must be applied, (b) Same procedure as under (a), (c) Payment of old

age assistance to persons in mental institutions is affected by the provincial law referring to persons in mental institutions. In most of the provinces this results in payment to patients in mental institutions being made to the provincial public trustee on the patient's behalf. (d) Same procedure as under (a), (e) Same procedure as under (a).

2 and 3. Payments to indigent patients are subject to the same rules as all other payments. Except where the provincial authority otherwise decides in accordance with the regulations already quoted, the patient is entitled to receive payment of the full amount of assistance to which he is entitled under the act. How much of this is retained by the patient for his own use, and how much is paid by him to the institution for his care is a matter for arrangement between the patient and the institution.

In cases however where the provincial authority decides that the patient is incapable of handling his own affairs, it may appoint a trustee to handle the old age assistance

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cheque on the patient's behalf and may-direct the trustee as to the amount to be retained for the patient's personal needs and the amount to be paid to the institution for maintenance.

Topic:   OLD AGE ASSISTANCE
Subtopic:   PAYMENTS TO PATIENTS IN INSTITUTIONS
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WAR VETERANS ALLOWANCES

INDIANS

PC

Mr. White (Middlesex East):

Progressive Conservative

1. How many Indian veterans, not resident on reservations, are in receipt of war veterans allowance?

2. In what manner is the war veterans allowance paid to them, and to how many (a) by monthly cheque; (b) by instalment?

3. If paid by instalments, by what authority?

Topic:   WAR VETERANS ALLOWANCES
Subtopic:   INDIANS
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LIB

Mr. Mutch: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

1. No statistical record is kept of Indian veterans as such.

2. The case of an Indian veteran notresident on a reservation is dealt with in the same manner as the case of any otherveteran. The allowance is paid by monthly cheque either directly to the veteran or if the war veterans allowance board or a district authority directs that the allowance beadministered, to an administrator. The

administrator may be either the district office of the Department of Veterans Affairs or a responsible person appointed by the board or the district authority.

3. Answered by No. 2.

Topic:   WAR VETERANS ALLOWANCES
Subtopic:   INDIANS
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IMMIGRATION'

HOSPITALIZATION BECAUSE OF TUBERCULOSIS

March 12, 1952