Mr. KING (Kootenay):
I might say to my hon. friend that certainly it is my desire to have no officials of that kind around the department. Since I have been there, and I think since the department has been established, the desire of the minister and of the officials generally has been to keep the matter out of politics. I know that has been my desire at all times. I shall be glad to have the information to which my hon. friend has referred.
In regard to the children now under the care of the pension board, I shall be glad to bring the remarks of my hon. friend to the attention of the board. There is a provision in the act whereby the pension may be extended beyond the age of sixteen, and in many cases I know that action has been taken. In fact, in some cases the pension has been extended I think beyond the age of twenty, where the child showed exceptional capabilities at school and had a certificate from the superintendent. I shall be glad to bring this matter to the attention of the board. I quite agree with my hon. friend that there is no reason why the commissioners should not make inquiry as to the condition of the children.
Topic: PENSIONS AND NATIONAL HEALTH