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 5 of 10)


June 27, 1919

Mr. COOPER:

It started to decrease in 1913.

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT.
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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.

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT.
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June 27, 1919

Mr. COOPER:

If the intention of this section is merely to suspend payment while the man is in jail and pay it to him when he comes out, I am in accord with it. If, however, the intention is to keep the pension back altogether, then I am absolutely opposed to it. The man has earned his pension by reason of disability, and the country has no right to take it from him if he incurs the wrath of the law and is sent to prison. If that is the intention it is most unfair and I should strongly oppose the carrying of that section.

'Mr. McKENZIE: My experience of men

who will possibly come within this class is that although a man may get drunk and be put into jail, his wife or some member of his family can reach him with a cheque that requires his signature and thus get the money. I have known of cases where men were in jail on pay-day and their wives would take the cheques to them and obtain their signatures. I do not think there should be any interference at all in this matter. If later on it happens that trouble arises in this connection, remedial measures can be taken, as Parliament meets every year. But at present I do not think we should anticipate difficulties of this kind and impose ungenerous conditions on the ' soldier.

Topic:   PENSION ACT AMENDMENT.
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June 23, 1919

Mr. OOOBER:

Previous to June 22 last year the only men serving in Canada, except C.E.F. units, were the militia.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS.
Subtopic:   SOLDIERS SETTLEMENT ON THE LAND.
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June 23, 1919

Mr. COOPER:

Prior to June 22 of last year, the forces in Canada were the active militia; they were not part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS.
Subtopic:   SOLDIERS SETTLEMENT ON THE LAND.
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