Mr. Chairman, I am glad
that this discussion has taken place because I do not think it would have reflected any credit on this house had this resolution been passed without thorough consideration.
There is just one point that I wish to raise with the Prime Minister and possibly it may be considered as a personal point; I
Members of Parliament-Pensions do not know. I happen to be in receipt of a government pension at the present time. There may be other members who are in receipt of government pensions to which they have contributed, as I have contributed for a period of some thirty years. It is repugnant to me to ask for a second government supported pension.
I wonder whether the question of all members of parliament contributing to this scheme has taken cognizance of the fact that there may be members of parliament who are already in receipt of a government pension. As I say, I feel that it would be objectionable to me to be placed in the position of accepting two government pensions because I realize that there are many of my old comrades who are in a far less fortunate position and never had an opportunity to contribute to a government pension scheme.
Subtopic: MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Sub-subtopic: PROVISION FOR RETIRING ALLOWANCES