May 12, 1914 (12th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Louis-Philippe Pelletier (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)


-and that makes a difference, at least according to the department's usage. I may say that it does not entirely appeal to me as a conclusive reason for refusing the widow something. Of course, what we give under these circumstances we call a ' compassionate allowance '-that is how these amounts are always voted. And if it is a compassionate allowance, of course it is supposed to be the thing which the widow or children might have to depend upon. However, speaking for myself-because I intend to take this matter up with my colleagues, as I promised my hon. friend-I think there are two sides to that question. What the Grand Trunk Railway Company paid this widow she was entitled to by law, for it was given her'under judgment of the court. Now, whether under these circumstances this country is absolutely relieved of all its duties and obligations towards the widow and four children of a man who has been so long in our employ, I do not like to say in an absolutely definite manner. My own desire and inclination would be the other way. But, as the matter is to be discussed in Council, if there is to be an amount in the Estimates, I cannot go further than that at the moment. But what has fallen from, my lips shows my hon. friend that the matter has engaged more than the usual, formal, ordinary consideration. Further than this I am not prepared to go to-night.

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