inquire as to the type of equipment that will be used in carrying out this extended air service?
Hon. ANGUS L. MacDONALD (for the Minister of Transport): May I say that it is proposed to put on the route from Moncton to Halifax the regular type of plane used in other parts of the Trans^Canada service; that is, Lockheed planes, each with ten seats. The Postmaster General has already stated that there will be two planes a day in to and out of Halifax. I might add that the exact date when this service will commence is not known at the moment to the officials of the Department of Transport because there are stall certain works to be performed on the air field near Halifax, but there is every indication that the estimate given by the Postmaster General will prove correct. I think that before the end of the month of April this service will be in operation.
Topic: TRANS-CANADA AIR LINES MONTREAL-MONCTON-HALIFAX MAIL SERVICE- HALIFAX ON MAIN TRANSCONTINENTAL AIR ROUTE
Is it the intention under the proposed legislation to extend the benefits of the Pension Act to groups who are not serving in the armed forces, to the dependents of men, for example, who are serving in Canadian ships and who may lose their lives at sea, not necessarily through enemy action but in the carrying-out of their duties in essential war services? I understand that provision is made by order in council for the dependents of those who lose their
lives on Canadian ships through enemy action. They are taken care of under the Pension Act-I assume that one of the purposes of thin legislation would be to deal with cases of that kind, and that the legislation itself will be retroactive. But I had in mind particularly cases of a little different kind, of men who have been injured and disabled or have lost their lives, while serving on ships doing necessary war work, but not necessarily through enemy action. In the port of Halifax a year ago the pilot boat Hebridean was sunk in a collision in the harbour, and a number of the crew and several pilots lost their lives in consequence of the collision. Under the law and orders in council that existed at that time no compensation or allowance could be or was given to any of the dependents of the pilots and members of the crew, and I was wondering whether the present legislation would take care of cases of that kind or whether it is a matter that could properly come before the special committee.
Topic: PENSION ACT
Subtopic: APPLICATION TO CERTAIN MEMBERS OF CANADIAN AND UNITED KINGDOM FORCES