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

CCF

Clarence Gillis

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

Mr. GILLIS:

Yes. The man filled out a lot of forms, but nothing was done for him and he lay there in hospital for four months without even money enough to buy cigarettes. He was injured on service. He fell into the hold of a ship out on the high seas. Under those circumstances when a merchant seaman is placed in the hospital some provision should be made whereby he would be granted an allowance or compensation of some kind to help him along while in hospital. But there is nothing at the present time. That is something that should be taken care of, and taken care of as soon as possible.
Then there is this business of a dual pension. That is an old, old story. The Canadian Legion has been fighting for the last twenty-five years to have the legislation in Canada made applicable to the imperial veteran residing in Canada who enlisted in the British army. As I say, it is an old story and I do not need to elaborate upon it because every member has received long memoranda and resolutions on the subject which have been passed by the veterans guard of Canada right across the country. What they are asking for is that any veteran of both wars who resided in this country in 1939 shall have the dual pension order made applicable to him if serving in the veterans guard and if he was domiciled in Canada at the time of enlistment. The minister who has been dealing with veterans' problems for a long period of time knows more about that story perhaps than any other member of the house.

War Appropriation

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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