March 29, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)


Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)


Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

I appreciate the remarks of my hon. friend.
I have had several letters from the same gentleman from whose communication he has quoted. We have investigated every single case submitted to us and he has entirely misconstrued my public statement. My statement was that there was automatic examination of all cases now, without the necessity for an application for pension. That was not a statement that all pensions would be granted in all cases, for that would be impossible, and that is the effect of the sentence read by my hon. friend. I think it will be agreed that this house-I do not say any government or any party-has done a tremendous amount of good thinking in regard to legislation for soldiers in the last five years. The task is not yet complete, and I hope that, whoever comes back after the next election, there will be immediately set up a committee on soldiers legislation in this house to deal with pensions, veterans allowances, training, vocational and educational, covering the whole scope and sweep of what we have been doing in the last five years, so that we shall have a consolidation by the next parliament of all that has been enacted, some of necessity by order in council, during that period. Moreover, I hope that many men in the present war will be members in this house so that they can bring their fresh thoughts to bear upon the problems. In that way we may achieve a splendid consolidation of soldier legislation which will not be equalled by that of any other country.

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