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


William Duff

Laurier Liberal


Before this clause passes I have a very important matter I would like to bring to the attention of the Prime Minister. Not being a lawyer I do not know whether I am adopting the right procedure or not, but at all events I may be permitted to state the facts. I would have brought the question before the special committee appointed to deal with pensions to soldiers and their civil re-establishment but I only received this information yesterday morning and consequently I could not take action at an earlier date. I am going to advance reasons showing why certain worthy citizens of Canada, who are at present excluded from the provisions of this Act, should be permitted to share in the benefits which it confers. Let me say before entering upon the statement which I desire to present that I mean no discourtesy to the Government in bringing up the matter at this time-my reason for doing so as I have already explained, is that I did not earlier receive the information Which I am about to impart.
Paragraph (g) of clause 2 of Chapter 54 of the statutes of 1920 reads as follows:
"returned soldier" means any person, male or female, who served as an officer or warrant officer or who enlisted or was enrolled or was drafted for service in the naval, military or

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