May I first of all thank the hon. member for the tribute she has paid to Mrs. Eaton, the director of this particular phase of the activities of my department. I am not going to argue with my hon. friend as to where a woman should be-whether she should be in the home or in industry, at the conclusion of the war. I have fixed ideas on the point, but anything I would say would be only an expression of opinion, and would not be of interest to the committee.
But if I may be excused for making a personal reference, I was one of a family of nine children. My father died when I was ten years old, and I believe I know something of what a mother is up against when she has to work and, at the same time, maintain her children. In Canada this idea has to be sold to the women of this country. Our people are a little wary about giving their children to what some might consider institutional care. I came from an industrial city, and I believe I could say that was the feeling there. About twenty years ago I played some part in the establishment of widows' pensions in Ontario. I was quite active in the movement that brought that improvement about, one which I believe was adopted by the Ferguson government, if I remember well.