Hon. Arthur Laing (Minister of Veterans Affairs):
Mr. Speaker, in speaking to this bill I do not wish to take more than a couple of minutes. I had to make a judgment as to whether the additional members totalling seven could do the job of clearing up the 8,000 cases we have ahead of us, and I have made the judgment that they can. I wish to voice my appreciation, because this may be the last few remarks I make in this House, of the work of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs. The thought has been prevalent, I believe, on all sides of this House that a man or woman who offers his or her life for this country is a rather special person. That has been the attitude of the committee on veterans affairs all the way through. I hope that it continues in the future.
This bill pertains to the clearing up of a backoog of cases, and it is my opinion that the additional seven persons will obtain that result.
Topic: PENSION ACT
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO INCREASE NUMBER OF COMMISSIONERS AND AD HOC COMMISSIONERS