This was the hold-up; city council was advised it could not issue a licence because of that order. It is particularly important that the men coming back should be encouraged to enter into their own businesses. They have shown great initiative, just as the Canadian troops did in the last war, and there must be no obstacle whatever placed in the way of their starting up a business of their own.
Another difficulty that has come up is in connection with supplies. Take the purchase of vacuum cleaners or washing machines for the home. They are in short supply at the present time. Firms are taking lists of prospective customers. Well, a firm may have several hundred people on the list. An airman comes back and wants to set up a home. He finds he is No. 600 or -No. 700 on the list, which means he will have very little chance to get that equipment for his wife. Some provision should be made to enable returned men to get a fair proportion of these supplies.
There should be a speeding up in the payment of gratuities. I realize that it is a big job. There are many thousands of cases involved, yet sometimes they do get horribly
held up. A case came to my attention just recently in which, a man applied in October of Last year and up until last week the gratuity had not come through. He cannot get his reestablishment credit until he gets the first gratuity cheque. That means holding up his whole reestablishment and the result is discontent in many parts of the country. If there is not a big enough staff available at the present time, then the staff should be increased. In any event there has been too much delay in getting out these gratuity cheques.
I believe provision should be made for the payment of a gratuity to the mothers and fathers of men who lose their lives. Take as an example parents who are getting on in years-wh.o have reached the age of sixty-nine or seventy. They may not have been actually dependent on their son when he enlisted five years ago, but they had every reason to expect that he would be helping them in their declining years. Under the present law there is no possibility of that gratuity being paid to them because of section 4 of the War Services Gratuities Act. The whole basis is dependency. Unless the parents are dependent upon the man they cannot get any gratuity. A change should be made there. I am not asking that the gratuity be paid to a distant relative or to anyone really not directly affected, but I do think it should be payable to the mother and father. I suggest that the government give consideration to this change, which should be made without further delay.
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY