Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):
As of December 31, 1944, there were 1,953 in receipt of this allowance. This legislation came into effect on April 1, 1943. The following awards have been made:
April 1, 1943-March 31, 1944 1.298
April 1, 1944-December 31, 1944 732
Reinstatements April 1, 1944-Deeember 31, 1944 4
Total number in receipt on December
31, 1944 1,953
The expenditure to December 31, 1944, was $507,396.04. The amount voted was $700,000. It is estimated that an additional $20,000 will be required to meet expenditures to March 31, 1945.
The sum of $1,000,000 has been provided under vote No. 412 for the fiscal year 1945-46.
Representations have been made to me by the hon. member for Verdun (Mr. Cote), in regard to the same point as that mentioned by my hon. friend on behalf of the Canadian non-pensioned veterans' widows' association- non-pensioned, that is, until we gave them pensions-which has passed resolutions as follows:
1. That widows' allowances be raised to $40 a month, payable to all non pensioned widows of Canadian servicemen whether they served in war theatres or elsewhere.
2. That the dependent's allowance paid the mother of a serviceman in any British force be raised to $35 a month.
3. That dependent mothers of sons who died as a result ot service in any of His Majesty's forces be granted a permanent pension of $60 a month.
4. That veterans' children, irrespective of age, who are so incapacitated mentally or physically as to be incapable of earning a livelihood, be eligible for orphan's allowance.
The present addition is under the statute and the regulations previously passed by this house and does not represent any new benefits.