Mr. Stanley Knowles (Winnipeg North Centre):
Mr. Speaker, I rise on a question of privilege affecting not only all the members of this house but more than a million Canadians. It may be that my point of privilege is due to a misprint in a document which I have in my hand. If so that can be corrected without delay. On the other hand, if what I have in my hand is correct I think other steps should be taken. Yesterday in the course of her remarks to this house the Minister of National Health and Welfare used these words:
-all future old age security pensions will be pegged to the cost of living index and will increase automatically if living costs increase.
Later she said:
-this will provide not only a greater measure of security but will also protect the real value of the pension dollar for Canada's million-odd pensioners.
We were given no details, but what the minister said was spoken in the present tense. When we got the bill last night after the debate was over we learned that the possible increase due to this adjustment cannot be received by any person drawing old age security until 1968, and that the possible amount of increase in 1968 is 75 cents.
Subtopic: MR. KNOWLES-PEGGING OF OLD AGE SECURITY PENSIONS TO COST OF LIVING INDEX