May 28, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

NAT

Douglas King Hazen

National Government

Mr. HAZEN:

I should like to ask a question of the minister having to do with members of the Canadian active service force going on leave. I understand that when they go on leave, they are provided with a warrant that permits them to travel at half fare. That would be perfectly satisfactory so far as the members of the force are concerned when they have to travel only a short distance. But in the case of a man located, say, in Ottawa, who, when he gets leave, has to go to Saint John, or Halifax, or Timmins, Ontario, with the warrant that he gets he is obliged to pay from $15 to $20 for his transportation. In the case of a married man, who, I understand, draws about $19 a month, this may work a great hardship. I am also informed, although I do not know whether the information is correct, that when a man goes on leave, he is unable to obtain an advance from the paymaster of his unit. Will the minister state whether that is so; also, whether any consideration has been given by the minister to the provision of free transportation to men going on leave prior to proceeding overseas?

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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