The hon. member is quite correct in directing attention to the error in my statement. I should explain to the committee wherein he is correct and wherein I was incorrect. There is a provision in the Bill under which, on the death of a man who was wounded to an extent of disability exceeding 80 per cent, the widow shall be entitled to the same pension as if the man had continued to live. That would give occasion for an award in those cases where a married man, having been awarded a pension for disability exceeding 80 per cent, died and left a widow. There are not a very great number of those cases, although there are some. I have been on these pension committees since 1916 and I doubt if any other members of the committee have given more careful consideration than I have to the domestic problems that have arisen in reference to the war and to the pensionability of men. It is not a theory we have to face; it is a condition. I know, as a member of the Central Executive of the Patriotic Fund, and the member for St. Antoine (Sir Herbert Ames) knows as the organizer and chief force behind that Fund, that the war has thrown aside the veil from many a home of which otherwise we would not have known anything, and we have found that conditions existed that we little suspected. But, as I say, we are facing a condition, not a theory, and the question is, what is to be done in reference to the unmarried wives1-if, in order to be brief, I may use that objectionable term-whose husbands were killed or died in the war? The member for Maisonneuve (Mr. Lemieux) said there was provision in our law that made the relationship of a man who lived with a woman unmarried to her a crime against the law. If my recollection of the criminal law is correct, there is no provision in the Dominion criminal law, although there is in the criminal law of New
Brunswick, by which an adulterous relationship is made a crime. The hon. gentleman also directed the attention of the committee to the fact that a Bill was now before the Senate, and would shortly come before this House-
Subtopic: PENSION ACT AMENDMENT.