Richard Bedford Bennett
The only difficulty being that it set up two forms of machinery, the central board in addition to the pension board, and the district boards in the military districts; in other words, the district board heard the case first, and reported to the board of appeal here, and they made a judgment. Now the essence of a -court of appeal is that it should be of at least equal knowledge we
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will say, and of equal intellectual capacity and power as the court from which the appeals are taken. I am sure the minister will agree that it was intended in the first instance that the appeal board should not be of a permanent character-we all realize that the pension board has come to stay for many years-but was in essence a temporary tribunal created for the purpose of bringing about the determination of the granting or refusing of pension upon evidence which they would take on the ground, as distinguished from evidence that might be presented to the pension board sitting in Ottawa. That is the general principle.