\V. Mounted Police .. . Canada Pay Pension 83 33 24 99 83 32 33 33
Now, Mr. Speaker, that Is tlie table for tlie infantry. The cavalry and artillery, in all these services, get a little more, as they are looked upon as a more scientific branch. In regard to the district staff, I may point out that the officer who used to be known as the deputy adjutant general, now district officer commanding, receives in Canada a minimum of $1,700 per annum. An officer holding the same relative position in the British service receives $3,500 per annum, with an age retiring allowance. That, I think, will show that the pay given to our permanent corps is absurdly small as compared with the pay of similar men in the United States, and very much less than the pay in the British service. Now, nobody will say for a moment that our men are in any way inferior. They have proved themselves to be equally as good on the battlefield, in camp or in the office. And my contention is that, this being the case, and as we are now in the growing time in Canada, and as we are told by the government that there is a surplus, now is the time for the government to bring in a pension Bill giving these men what is justly due them.
Now, it may be asked : Why should we be asked to give pensions to these men when they get such salaries as they do ? The answer to that is, that the pay given to these men is not such as to make it possible for them to save anything. Everybody knows- taking the officers first-that an officer must uphold his position, or he is not fit for the position, he must clothe himself well and live as a gentleman, but not extravagantly ; and we all know that when they are in barracks there are certain calls made on them that they cannot get out of. There is a certain amount of entertaining looked for from them, and an officer