Hon. J. H. KING (Kootenay, Acting Minister of Labour) moved that the House go into committee to-morrow to consider the following .proposed resolution:
Resolved, That it is expedient to bring in a measure respecting Old Age Pensions, and to provide,-
1. That the Governor in Council may make an agreement with the Lieutenant-Governor in Council of any province for the payment to such province quarterly of an amount equal to one-half of the net sum paid out during the preceding quarter by such province for pensions pursuant to a provincial statute authorizing and providing for the payment of such pensions to the persons and under the conditions hereinafter specified and regulations made under the proposed legislation.
2. That every agreement so made shall continue in force so long as the provincial statute remains in operation or until after the expiration of ten years from the date upon which notice of an intention to determine the agreement is given by the Governor Genleral to the Lieutenant-Governor of the province with w*hich the same was made.
3. That before any agreement so made comes into operation, the Governor in Council shall approve the scheme for the administration of pensions proposed to be adopted by the province, and no change in such scheme shall be made by the province without the consent of th6 Governor in Council.
4. That all sums payable to any province in pursuance of any such agreement shall be payable from time to time on the certificate of the Treasury Board out of any moneys belonging to the consolidated revenue fund of Canada not otherwise appropriated, and the Governor in Council may bor-
row from time to time such sums as may be required for the purpose of making such payments.
5. That provision shall be made for the payment of a pension to every person who, at the date of the proposed commencement of the pension:-
(a) is a British subject, or, being a widow, was such before her marriage;
(b) has attained the age of seventy years;
(c) has resided in Canada for the twenty years immediately preceding the date aforesaid;
(d) has resided in the province in which the application for pension is made for the five years immediately preceding the said date;
(e) is not an Indian as defined by the Indian Act;
(f) has not made any voluntary assignment or transfer of property for the purpose of qualifying for a pension.
6. That the receipt of a pension shall not by itself constitute a disqualification from voting at any provincial or municipal election.
7. That the maximum pension payable shall be two hundred and forty dollars yearly, which shall be subject to reduction by the amount of the income of the pensioner in excess of one hundred and twenty-five dollars a year.
8. That provisions be made as to the credit to the pension authority of the annual value of a pensioner's residence, and the recovery of pension payments out of deceased pensioner's estate, and for the distribution of pension burden among provinces by proportionate reimbursement or proportionate reduction where the pensioner resided in more than one province or transfers his permanent residence to another province, and for ceasing payments where he transfers his residence to some place out of Canada, and the revival of his rights upon again becoming a resident of Canada^
9. That no pension shall be subject to alienation or transfer by the pensioner, or to seizure in satisfaction of any claim against him.
10. That on or before the thirtieth day of April in each year, the Minister of Finance shall make a full report to parliament of the operation of the agreements made pursuant to the proposed act, and of the moneys of Canada paid to /the provinces under each of the several agreements entered into pursuant thereto.
11. That the Governor in Council shall have power from time to time, on the recommendation of the Minister of Labour, and with the approval of the Treasury Board, to make regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of the proposed act, with regard to the pensions herein provided for, and such regulations shall be published in the Canada Gazette, and be laid before parliament.
He said: His Excellency, the Governor
General, having been made acquainted: with the subject- matter of this resolution recommends it to the favourable consideration of the House.