April 3, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)


Joseph William Noseworthy

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)


I will, gladly. He
had1 been given to understand by the qualifications committee before which he appeared -he had been given no assurance, but he had reason to believe-that his qualifications were satisfactory; that he would have no difficulty in securing assistance to purchase this small holding on which to grow berries and raise chickens. The small holding consisted of one and a half acres of land and a three-room cottage in the suburbs of Toronto. It was to cost $2,500. On March 28' he received notice-I have the notice before me-informing him that he did not possess the necessary qualifications to warrant assistance under the act for the purpose which he desired. When he got in touch with the officials again and asked for details he was informed that the job he was holding at present is not a permanent one. Apparently that was the reason why he was to be disqualified from receiving assistance. The man is employed at present by a manufacturer in Toronto. To all appearances his job is a permanent one. He had intended to remain on that job for about a year, after which he had hoped to be able to earn his living on this plot of garden land.
Two questions arise. This man is just over fifty years of age, and I am wondering whether the question of a veteran's age and the nature of the job on which he is employed are factors of importance in determining whether or not he is to qualify to secure assistance under the Veterans' Land Act for the purchase of a small holding adjoining a city.
There is another matter that I want to bring to the attention of the minister. Last week I met in the country a veteran of this war who had lost a leg and had been supplied with

an artificial one by Christie street hospital. When I saw the man he was limping around and complaining of great discomfort. He told me that he had applied to the hospital a number of times and a number of attempts had been made to improve the limb that he was wearing. I suggested to him that he should get in touch with the' officials again; that I was confident they would do everything within their power to see that he was given a limb that he could wear without discomfort. He was so disgusted that he told me he fully intended to discard the limb which had been provided by Christie street hospital and to purchase a limb at his own expense from a private company. In conversing with him and others I find that a number of veterans of this war have discarded the limbs which have been provided by the hospital and the government for what they claim to be more satisfactory or better limbs made by private companies. If the minister has information on that I should like him to make a statement because there is an impression abroad among veterans who are wearing artificial limbs-I have talked with several of them-that they are getting from Christie street hospital an inferior quality of limb and that private companies can provide them with a superior or better quality of limb.

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