May 2, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Franklin Sutherland


Mr. SUTHERLAND (Oxford).

during the three years preceding his retirement. , _ .
To the widow and children of an officer who had served twenty years and was at the time of his death on full pay or in receipt of pension, the following pension or allowance : in the ease of a colonel, $500 to the widow and $80 to each child; lieutenant-colonel, a pension of $450 to a widow and a yearly allowance of $80 to each child; major, $350 to widow and $70 to each child; captain, $250 to widow and $o5 to each child; lieutenant or second lieutenant, $200 to widow and $50 to each child; warrant officer, $100 to widow and $25 to each child ; the amount to children to be doubled if tbey are motherless and in need; no allowance to be granted to a son aged eighteen or a daughter aged twenty-one; and the total amount granted to the family of an officer in one year not to exceed the amount of the pension attached to his rank.
He said : Mr. Speaker, perhaps it would be more convenient to make the explanation in reference to this resolution before going into committee, and I will, therefore, detain the House a few minutes while I do so. The resolution proposes, for the first time in Canada, to adopt the principle of pensions for the permanent force of this country. Let me, at the outset, explain that the resolution, or the Act to be founded upon it, only applies to the permanent force and to the permanent staff, not to the active militia in the ordinary sense of the word. I make this statement as I think there has been some misapprehension abroad with reference to it. I do not think, in view of what appeared to be the general feeling of the House, evinced on a recent occasion, when a similar discussion was brought up by my hon. friend from Victoria, B.C. (Hon. Mr. Prior), that there is any need of my delaying the House to argue as to the advisability, the necessity and justice of adopting the pension system for our permanent corps. I may, however, say, in passing, that in every country, as far as I know, which has men permanently employed in the defence of the country, there is a pension system, and although we are only adopting it very late in the day, I believe it is a sound principle, which the country at large will approve.

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