January 18, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

Under this bill it is proposed to amend the Pension Act to provide for the abolition of the pension appeal court and to set up, in lieu of both the court and the quorums, appeal boards of the commission, each consisting of three members wherein the applicant's right of appeal and personal appearance will be preserved.
The volume of business coming before the appeal court has been steadily decreasing and will continue to decrease. It is considered that the abolition of the court as at present constituted will accelerate the final settlement of applications. It is not proposed to provide for the reopening of any applications heretofore disposed * by the court, other than to the extent now existing in the legislation, whereby in special circumstances leave to renew an application may be granted.
With reference to those who saw service in France, there is at present a dead-line on the date of their application for pension, which is set at January 1, 1940. This amendment proposes to extend the dead-line to January 1, 1942. The remaining sections of the bill provide for amendments to methods of procedure consequential upon the disappearance of the court.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Dominion Elections-Returning Officers

Topic:   PENSION ACT
Subtopic:   ABOLITION OF PENSION APPEAL COURT AND EXTENSION OF TIME FOR PENSION APPLICATIONS
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