June 9, 1954

HOUSE OF COMMONS DEBATES

OFFICIAL REPORT


BEING THE 96™ SESSION FOR THE PERIOD 1867-1954


VOLUME VI. 1953-54 COMPRISING THE PERIOD FROM THE NINTH DAY OF JUNE, 1954, TO THE TWENTY-SIXTH DAY OF JUNE, 1954, INCLUSIVE INDEX ISSUED IN A SEPARATE VOLUME EDMOND CLOUTIER, C.M.G., O.A., D.S.F.


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Wednesday, June 9, 1954


NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS ACT

REPEAL OF EXISTING LEGISLATION

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Marlin (Minister of National Health and Welfare) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. 475, to repeal the National Physical Fitness Act.

Topic:   NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS ACT
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF EXISTING LEGISLATION
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PC

James MacKerras Macdonnell

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Macdonnell:

Explain.

Topic:   NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS ACT
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF EXISTING LEGISLATION
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

Mr. Speaker, this hill seeks to do precisely what it says, to repeal the National Physical Fitness Act.

Topic:   NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS ACT
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF EXISTING LEGISLATION
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PC

Donald Methuen Fleming

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Fleming:

Why?

Topic:   NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS ACT
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF EXISTING LEGISLATION
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PC

George Alexander Drew (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Drew:

Mr. Speaker, I think before this is agreed to it should simply be explained that it has been ineffective and the minister is taking the proper course.

Topic:   NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS ACT
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF EXISTING LEGISLATION
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

Mr. Speaker, for the first time in a long time I am able to agree fully with what the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Drew) has said.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   NATIONAL PHYSICAL FITNESS ACT
Subtopic:   REPEAL OF EXISTING LEGISLATION
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QUESTIONS

ARMED FORCES

MEDICAL CATEGORIES

CCF

Mr. McCullough (Moose Mountain):

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

1. What were the regulations and practices in respect of a veteran of world war II who enlisted with an A1 category and was discharged after five years service with an E category?

2. Is such a veteran automatically entitled to be boarded to ascertain pension disability, if any?

3. Is it possible for a veteran who enlisted and did not falsify his medical history to enter the services as A1 category and later to be discharged as category E and medically unfit, and yet not be eligible for pension?

4. If so, under what circumstances?

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   MEDICAL CATEGORIES
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LIB

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

Liberal

1. The conditions governing entitlement to pension for veterans of world war II are set out in the Pension Act, which act prescribes the procedure to be followed by the applicant and the commission.

2. Yes, the service documents of all veterans who served in world war II were screened to determine whether or not a pensionable disability existed at the time of discharge.

3 and 4. Yes, if the lowered category

(1) was caused by improper conduct as defined in the Pension Act; or

(2) was incurred while on leave of absence without pay; or

(3) was incurred when the member of the forces had, during leave of absence with pay, undertaken an occupation that was unconnected with military service; or

(4) was the result of the discovery on service of physical or mental inability to absorb training and when such physical or mental limitation pre-existed enlistment but was not apparent at the time of enlistment and the existence of which may well have been unknown to the serviceman himself.

Topic:   ARMED FORCES
Subtopic:   MEDICAL CATEGORIES
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June 9, 1954