Richard Clive COOPER

COOPER, Lt. Col. Richard Clive

Personal Data

Party
Unionist
Constituency
Vancouver South (British Columbia)
Birth Date
December 31, 1881
Deceased Date
March 10, 1940
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Clive_Cooper
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=3eb5c3bf-5293-4167-a8dc-79527bb53cca&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
accountant

Parliamentary Career

December 17, 1917 - October 4, 1921
UNION
  Vancouver South (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 10)


June 28, 1919

Mr. COOPER:

If the hon. member were a pension commissioner, what would he do in that case?

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT.
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June 28, 1919

Mr. COOPER:

My hon. friend becomes very sympathetic with the victim whom he describes. Men of experience know that there will be for the consideration of this commission a thousand and one cases with different slants of sentiment, and sympathy, and morals, and justice, and right, which this Parliament cannot now foresee; and in order that pure and simple justice may be done, I should much prefer that discretion be given to the commissioners who, it may be presumed, will be men of discernment, rather than try now to build up a law on a series of hypothetical cases. The question as to whose wife shall she be or whose husband shall he be, who shall receive a pension, sounds extremely familiar.

I remember, in the Scriptures, the Saviour was asked on one occasion whose wife should she be after she had married seven brothers, and I do not know quite what the answer was. I do not think there was one.

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June 28, 1919

Mr. COOPER:

If that is what the hon.

member would do, if he were a commissioner, that is probably what the commissioners will do, and that is why I would support the proposal, especially as clause 37 gives discretion to the commissioners to do the very thing which the hon. gentleman himself would do if he were a commissioner.

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June 28, 1919

Mr. COOPER:

What was the answer?

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June 27, 1919

Mr. COOPER:

In the first place I want to endorse, without discussing the proposal of the hon. gentleman (Mr. P. McGibbon) as to insurance. In my opinion it is absolutely necessary and should be very gravely considered by the Government. In connection with the pensions to widows, the hon. member for Skeena (Mr. Peck) has rightly said that $40 a month, with $8 bonus for the present, is entirely inadequate. I do not know how anybody can reooncile the money that the wife of a soldier received during the war with the pension that the widow is now offered. At all times during the war the wife of a private received $30 separation allowance, $15 from her husband, and $10, or possibly slightly higher

from the Patriotic Fund. Compare that amount with the payment of $48 to a widow at the present time. I suggest to the Government that the provision for the widow for the future is manifestly unfair. There is another point that has not been given any consideration by the Government, and that is the unfair treatment of two men of equal class, one of whom does his work in Ottawa, in Victoria, B.C., in Halifax, or elsewhere in Canada whilst the other man does exactly the same work, hut goes to England or Siberia. Under this pension scheme the man who went to Siberia, which is a pretty safe theatre of actual war, and the man who went to England and enjoyed life there, are entitled to the full disability pension, if they fall and break their leg in the street, or if they receive some other disabilty not directly due to the war.

But if the man that did exactly the same work in Canada receives disability he is not entitled to any disability pension whatsoever. I think the treatment under this section is, therefore, unfair, and I commend such men to the notice of the minister.

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