Sir ROBERT BORDEN:
As mentioned a a few days ago, a draft Order in Council has been prepared containing an amended scale of pensions. It is not necessary that there should be any legislation making these effective, because, so far as troops in Canada are concerned, pensions are fixed under the provisions of the Pension Act and the scale can be altered from time to time. The Minister of Justice has advised us that the scale of pensions proposed with regard to troops serving in Canada can he applied under the War Measures Act to troops serving overseas. It is, however, desirable that the House should be made acquainted with what we propose, and that an opportunity should be given for discussion, if desired; therefore, I wish to lay upon the table of the House a copy of the proposed Order in Council. It has not yet been passed, and will not be passed until the House has an opportunity of making suggestions and expressing an opinion upon it. It is in the final form which we propose, with the possible exception of a minor modification which has been suggested to me within the past day or two by the Deputy Minister of Militia and Defence, and which I have not yet had an opportunity of considering. I
will send a couple of copies across to my right hon. friend the leader of the Opposition in order that he may make whatever suggestions he may desire.