George Matheson MURRAY

MURRAY, George Matheson

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Cariboo (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 91)


February 14, 1962

Mr. Curran:

If the necessary amendments could be made to include us.

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February 14, 1962

Mr. Curran:

It was prepared to be presented in 1952 or 1953.

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February 14, 1962

Mr. Curran:

I cannot say offhand. I think we had correspondence with the minister and the deputy minister.

Again, as reported on page 109, the record shows the following exchanges. Mr. Curran is replying to a question asked by the hon. member for Brandon-Souris (Mr. Dinsdale).

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February 14, 1962

Mr. Curran:

I cannot say. You will have to ask our solicitor. He came up to Ottawa, he went to the Department of Veterans Affairs, I believe, and he did not get very far there so he packed up and came back home.

That was in 1952 or 1953.

Even at that time the hon. member for Burin-Burgeo was a member of this house, a supporter of the government of the day. If I am not mistaken, at that time the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate was the representative of Newfoundland in the cabinet, and I believe secretary of state. The hon. member for Grand Falls-White Bay-Labrador (Mr. Granger) was there at that time serving as executive assistant to the minister from Newfoundland.

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February 14, 1962

Mr. Curran:

I think so, sir. As we said in the brief, at the time the various veterans acts were formed here in Canada, there was no thought, I hope, of including Newfoundland because Newfoundland was not in confederation at that time.

The point I make here is that again Mr. Curran has referred to the fact that they would be perfectly satisfied to have recognition of their services included in the Civilian War Pensions and Allowances Act.

For the reasons I have outlined, I think it would be very prudent on the part of the hon. member for Burin-Burgeo not to pursue this matter further. I have indicated beyond any doubt that it is perfectly acceptable to the surviving veterans of the forestry unit. It is becoming increasingly evident that my hon. friend is trying in a narrow and partisan way to interject into this debate a division which I sincerely hope will not take place with respect to this important measure. I can only conclude that the reason my hon. friend, the learned member for Burin-Burgeo, is injecting this partisan note at this time and is trying to split hairs is that he realizes that for eight years they missed the boat and they are now trying to get on board.

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