Hon. Brooke Claxton (Minister of National Defence):
Mr. Speaker, only after the house had adjourned for the Easter recess did I discover that, speaking on March 30, 1950, while I was attending the North Atlantic treaty meeting at The Hague, the hon. member for Lake Centre (Mr. Diefenbaker) was reported at page 1396 of Hansard as having said:
I cannot see this committee carrying out some of the promises made during the election campaign. The minister said that at no time was there ever any suggestion by any minister of the crown of the removal of the means test. That is as I understood his challenge. Well, I checked up the records, and I found that the Minister of National Defence (Mr. Claxton) made a radio address from Montreal on June 16, 1949, over station CFCF, and that was pretty close to the election. This is what the minister said . . .
And the hon. member has accurately quoted the newspaper report.
The government will do away with the means test for old age pensions.
That is the end of the quotatiori of what I was reported to have said. Then the hon. member concluded his remarks by saying:
That is contained in the radio speech as reported in the Montreal press.
That is the end of the quotation from the hon. member's remarks. Actually I never mentioned the means test in my radio speech. What I did say was:
The Liberal aim is a nation-wide plan of contributory pensions which will help everyone to enjoy a comfortable and secure old age-automatically and as a right.
This, of course, is part of the Liberal platform, as in effect since 1945.
Subtopic: MEANS TEST
Sub-subtopic: REFERENCE TO REMARKS IN DEBATE ON MARCH 30