June 2, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)

UNION

Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I was not on the committee, but it seems to me that this proposal is rather outside of the purview of the Returned Soldiers' Insurance Act. The object of that Act is not to protect or give further advantage to the man himself, but rather to provide something for his dependents in the event of his demise. What the hon. gentleman urges may have much in its favour, but it is not something that is within the four corners of the Act. It is rather a sort of old age or sickness insurance plan. Of course, there is insurance of that character in the commercial world; but the purpose of this was not to provide any old age pension or old age insurance, it was to provide something whereby a man should protect his own dependents chiefly and get special advantages in doing so because he was a returned man.

Topic:   RETURNED SOLDIERS' INSURANCE ACT
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