Mr. A. A. McLEAN:
I should like to refer to the deductions which have recently been made in pensions. Since the Order in Council of June 30, reductions have been made in the pensions of men permanently injured in the war. Now I think that is absolutely against the provisions of the Order in Council, Section 8 of which is to the effect that each case shall be subject to review at the end of a year from the time the pension is first granted, except in those cases where the disability is obviously permanent, and then there shall be no further review. That is, if a man was receiving $11 a month, he could not at the expiration of a year, if he was permanently injured, have any reduction made in his pension. Yet, notwithstanding the fact that the injury is permanent, my information is that the pension has been reduced by the commission from $11 to $8 a month. It is evident from the provision of the Order in Council that if a man has a permanent injury and receives a pension, the pension remains as -it was originally and must not be decreased. The idea of decreasing the pension is obviously against the meaning and purport of this Order in Council, and of the resolution which was passed in this House last May, and I would like to get the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown in regard to it. There are a great number of cases in which those pensions have been reduced without any just cause ot reason; they were reduced in contravention of the wording of this Order in Council.