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


Walter Adam Tucker



As a member of the committee which dealt with veterans' affairs in the last parliament, and being very much interested in the problem, I should like to say that as far as I have any influence at all with the minister I would urge him sincerely to give the most favourable consideration possible to making war service gratuities part of a soldier's estate. Those who have lost loved ones in this war, who expected that when they came back they would receive this gratuity, cannot understand why it should be withheld because there sons lost their lives fighting for their country. I am sure the withholding of these gratuities will not be upheld by the government in the future, and I think the sooner this step is taken the better it will be.
The other matter I wished to bring to the attention of the minister is this. I understand that under the regulations a person who reaches England during this war will be entitled to the benefits of the War Veterans Allowance Act, whereas in the last war a man who reached England and was kept there through no fault of his own received no benefit at all. I realize that the number who would be affected by what I am saying may not be very large, owing to the fact that if a man draws a small pension he can come under the act even if he did not get out of Canada during the last war and also because of the provision that veterans of two wars receive the allowance. But I know a few estimable

people who served in the last war, who got as far as England but no further, through no fault of their own, who to-day are told that nothing can be done for them until they reach the age of seventy, the same as any other citizen who was not in the army at all. In view of the fact that presumably those who reach England during this war will receive the benefit of the war veterans allowance. I urge upon the minister that the old veterans of the last war should not be treated less generously.

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