March 27, 1915 (12th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR:

The boy was adopted in a formal manner by Joseph LeBlanc, Remie's brother, and when Remie died there was no one to take cafe of the boy, and Joseph took charge of him in place of his brother.
Mr. HAZEN-: Under those circumstances it would be carrying the matter pretty far if the Government had to take care of this boy. If LeBlanc had been in the service of the Government for a great many years and was taking care of this boy, something might have been done; but cases occur practically every year in the Government service of a man employed in the Government service dying and leaving dependents upon him. I can hardly imagine a case where we would not be obliged to make provision for the relatives, if we were obliged to do so in this case. We naturally feel all possible sympathy for a boy left under those circumstances. Personally we would be disposed to contribute to his support or to help him in some way; but does my hon. friend think that Government assistance ought to be -carried to the extent that he now suggests it should be, and that, if a sailor upon a Government ship dies leaving some one
dependent upon him, if that sailor has been in the Government employ only a short time and dies through natural causes and not in consequence of his duty to the Government, the Government should make provision for the dependent? With every possible sympathy for the woman and the boy, I do not think it is a case where I should recommend to Parliament that a grant be made for his support.

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