February 14, 1962 (24th Parliament, 5th Session)


James Aloysius McGrath

Progressive Conservative

Mr. J. A. McGrath (St. John's East):

I also wish to rise and support the principle of the bill and to say, as I did the other night on the resolution stage, that in my opinion the surviving veterans of the Newfoundland overseas forestry unit will receive this measure with general acceptance.
Having said that, notwithstanding what had been said in this house this afternoon by the hon. member for Burin-Burgeo, I think it would be appropriate at this time to place on the record certain excerpts from the report of the standing committee on veterans affairs dated March 31, 1960 to which the hon. member referred, I believe. I think this is apropos the discussion because this report states-again, notwithstanding what the hon. member said to the contrary -that repeated representations were made to the government of Canada subsequent to

union in 1949 and up to the presentation of the brief before the standing committee in 1960.

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