August 24, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Walter Adam Tucker (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. TUCKER:

There are many veterans
who are not entitled to the out-of-work allowance, and if they are out of work because of a labour dispute they cannot get unemployment insurance. If we stepped in and said to the veteran: You are entitled to the out-of-work allowance and we shall pay
it, it would lead to a charge of discrimination. So it was felt that to avoid that charge the same policy should be followed in this matter as is followed under the Unemployment Insurance Act, which apparently met with general approval. The hon. member knows that there are many difficult cases; they have been brought to our attention, and certainly we are most sympathetic. Some of the boys who came back and had been at work a week or so found themselves in the centre of a labour dispute. That was so in the Ford strike, for which they were in no way responsible. The thing was looked into very carefully to see if there was not some way of dealing with such cases. The only way in which we have been able to deal with it was to say to the ex-service man unemployed on account of a strike, if it was likely to be long drawn-out, that he should take training under our act, make use of his time and get the allowance while he was taking training. There has been that attempt to deal with it without introducing discrepancies or giving rise to the feeling that there is discrimination in the administration of the two acts.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
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