June 7, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Gregory Francis Thompson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Greg Thompson (Carleton-Charlotte):

Madam Speaker, the process of application for a disability pension with the Department of National Health and Welfare should be reviewed.
The process as it now exists is lengthy and cumbersome. Virtually all initial applications are rejected. As a result the applicants step through a process which can take a year or longer to complete.
It is imperative that the government find the funding required to expedite the backlog of appeals. Reviews of appeals must be done in a much shorter time period. Many disabled people have absolutely no income while waiting for these decisions and a year is simply much too long to make them wait.
Let us find a way to speed up the process and improve the application process as well.

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