November 7, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)


Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture):

One of the difficulties in making payments as rapidly as otherwise would have been possible has been that about forty per cent of the applications for the bonus contained mistakes having to do with location, ownership, acreage or something of the sort, and that forty per cent had to be checked back in order to correct the mistakes. But the last returns indicate that in spite of all these difficulties and delays approximately half of the total estimated amount of money payable was paid out prior to the end of last week. During this week in order to make it possible for more applicants to receive payment the plan was started of paying seventy-five per cent of the total claim, retaining the other twenty-five per cent until a final check had been made to determine the full amount payable. I expect within the next few weeks, in addition to those who have already been paid in full, the others will receive seventy-five per cent of the full amount payable, and in addition all claims under 150 will have been paid. With respect to the larger claims, seventy-five per cent of the amount claimed will be paid and only twenty-five per cent retained until such time as the claims can be fully checked.

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