February 26, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

It was alleged at that time that ex-members of the forces had difficulty in obtaining employment, since the workmen's compensation premiums in their case were higher because they were more likely to be injured in an industrial accident. At the present time, as my hon. friend knows, in I think every province there are workmen's compensation boards, and really all payments are made to those boards. It is a question whether or not this amount really serves the purpose for which it was originally provided, because I think in most provinces-I know in Ontario and Quebec-the premiums paid are based on the nature of the industry. For instance in the pulp and paper industry the amount paid to the board would be, let us say, 10 or 15 per cent; in some other industry, less or more hazardous, the rates would vary accordingly. However, the amount has been fully expended in former years and it is considered advisable to keep it in for fear some men might lose their jobs if the government withdrew the grant.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF PENSIONS AND NATIONAL HEALTH
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