Hon. Douglas Abbott (Minister of Finance):
Mr. Speaker, yesterday the hon. member for Notre Dame de Grace (Mr. Hamilton) asked
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Inquiries of the Ministry a question concerning a questionnaire sent out to some 20,000 superannuated civil servants. I promised I would inform myself on the matter and give an answer today.
The purpose of the questionnaire was to obtain information on three points: (1)
Whether civil service pension cheques are being sent out in the name of people who are not now alive; (2) whether any civil servants who were pensioned because of disability are now re-employed; and (3) whether any pensioned civil servants have since been re-employed in the public service.
The questionnaire was briefly worded, and apparently some misunderstanding has arisen. The only purpose is to obtain information required for the proper administration of the superannuation act.
As to the first question, some envelopes containing the questionnaire are coming back marked "Address unknown", whereas the envelopes containing the pension cheques are not being returned.
Information on the second point is necessary because, under the act, civil service disability pensions are suspended if the pensioner recovers to the extent that he can resume duties comparable to his former duties.
In the case of the third question, it may be to the advantage of the retired civil servant if his new salary, plus his benefits, exceeds the salary at which he left the public service.
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON PURPOSE OF SURVEY