November 12, 1964

PUBLIC SERVICE SUPERANNUATION ACT

TABLING OF REPORTS OF ACTUARIAL VALUATIONS

LIB

Walter Lockhart Gordon (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Waller L. Gordon (Minister of Finance):

Mr. Speaker, today I am tabling the reports of the quinquennial actuarial valuations required under sections 33 and 48 of the Public Service Superannuation Act.

The most important of these reports deals with the state of the superannuation account as of December 31, 1962 and shows that new deficiencies of $110,536,000 arose during the five year period ending on that day. The largest contributory factor was the deficiency arising from salary adjustments authorized in 1960 and again in 1962 for various classes of contributors. Subsequently the salary increases authorized in July, 1963 with effect from October 1, 1962 added another $22 million to this deficiency.

In accordance with the policy outlined in this house on March 6 of this year authority will be sought from parliament later in this fiscal year to write off to net debt the initial deficiency of $110,536,000 plus interest, and to charge the deficiencies arising from pay increases authorized during the fiscal years 1963-64 and 1964-65 against expenditures over a five year period commencing with this fiscal year. Thus one fifth of the deficit of $22 million plus interest and one fifth of the deficiencies arising from subsequent similar salary increases will be charged to expenditure during the fiscal year 1964-65.

The other two reports which I have tabled related to the death benefit accounts established under part II of the act. These reports show that a satisfactory contingency reserve is being built up.

Topic:   PUBLIC SERVICE SUPERANNUATION ACT
Subtopic:   TABLING OF REPORTS OF ACTUARIAL VALUATIONS
Permalink

BROADCASTING ACT

AMENDMENTS RESPECTING REPRESENTATIONS AGAINST OBSCENE BROADCASTS

LIB

Chesley William Carter (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. C. W. Carter (Burin-Burgeo) moved

for leave to introduce Bill No. C-138, to amend the Broadcasting Act (broadcast tending to corrupt morals).

Topic:   BROADCASTING ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING REPRESENTATIONS AGAINST OBSCENE BROADCASTS
Permalink
?

Some hon. Members:

Explain.

Topic:   BROADCASTING ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING REPRESENTATIONS AGAINST OBSCENE BROADCASTS
Permalink
LIB

Chesley William Carter (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Carter:

Mr. Speaker, the purpose of this bill is described in considerable detail in the explanatory notes; but briefly put, this bill assembles the authority and powers already possessed by the board of broadcast governors together with existing regulations already laid down by the B.B.G. in such a way as to provide a means whereby the ordinary citizen or group of citizens is enabled to take action in respect to obscene broadcasts in much the same way as is now possible with respect to obscene literature.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

Topic:   BROADCASTING ACT
Subtopic:   AMENDMENTS RESPECTING REPRESENTATIONS AGAINST OBSCENE BROADCASTS
Permalink

VETERANS AFFAIRS

REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of the Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, I would ask the Prime Minister whether, having regard to the representations made yesterday by the dominion command of the Royal Canadian Legion and the criticism they advanced as to the smallness of the 10 per cent increase in disability pensions, it is the intention of the government to give reconsideration to this matter to the end that a fair and reasonable increase in disability pensions will be provided.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink
LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the government feels that in the circumstances the action taken in regard to veterans pensions was fair and reasonable and does not intend to review that action, particularly as it is not able to draw the same conclusions from the facts that are available as the Legion delegation has drawn.

Mr. Speaker, the Legion people also recommended that the government take the same action in respect of Canadian veterans as it does for the civil service, by placing pensions and war veterans allowances under cyclical review every two years. I told the Legion delegation yesterday that I thought that was a reasonable request and that that kind of cyclical review will be taken every two years. That was misunderstood in some quarters as

9992 HOUSE OF

Inquiries of the Ministry an indication that we would review the action just taken. That is not our intention.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink
PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, I thank the Prime Minister for his answer. Would he say whether or not the government is now giving consideration to making provision for assistance to those who served such long imprisonment at Hong Kong?

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink
LIB

Roger-Joseph Teillet (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Roger Teillei (Minister of Veterans Affairs):

Mr. Speaker, perhaps I may reply to that question. As I have indicated to the house, at the moment there is an inquiry under way. It is our thought that we should wait for that report before reaching any conclusion as to what should be done for the Hong Kong veterans. We hope that the report will not be too long in coming.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink
PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, can the minister give any indication as to when that report will be forthcoming? I know it is difficult to fix an exact date.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink
LIB

Roger-Joseph Teillet (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Teillei:

Mr. Speaker, I will make an inquiry in this regard and report my findings to the Leader of the Opposition.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink
PC

John (Jack) McIntosh

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Jack McIntosh (Swift Current-Maple Creek):

Mr. Speaker, I direct my question to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. I wonder whether he would inform the house if he anticipates presenting legislation to the house before Christmas in regard to the elimination of the 365 day clause in the War Veterans Allowance Act, so these Canadian veterans can participate in the increase he has announced.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink
LIB

Roger-Joseph Teillet (Minister of Veterans Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Teillei:

Mr. Speaker, I am afraid that at the present time I am not in a position to give that undertaking. I would like to be able to do so, but I cannot guarantee it.

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink
PC

John (Jack) McIntosh

Progressive Conservative

Mr. McIntosh:

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question for the minister. I wonder whether he can inform the house if legislation will be introduced after Christmas 1964, so these veterans can participate in this announced increase?

Topic:   VETERANS AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   REPRESENTATIONS RESPECTING INCREASES IN PENSIONS AND ALLOWANCES
Permalink

November 12, 1964