Hon. John C. Munro (Minister of National Health and Welfare) moved
that Bill C-170, to provide for the payment of benefits in respect of children, be read the third time and do pass.
He said: Mr. Speaker, during the last several weeks of compressed debate on this legislation the argument I have heard perhaps most frequently is that the family income security plan legislation is detrimental to the middle income group. This is hardly astonishing for, as I indicated in an earlier debate, the argument does have its political appeal, at least initially. I firmly believe, however, that such political appeal is tenuous and of short-term duration. It is difficult to reconcile the constant and differing demands by the opposition. On the one hand, they demand an increasing redistribution of income and, on the other hand, the same members of the opposition simultaneously espouse the cause of lowering the tax burden on our middle income groups. The facetious attempts on the part of the opposition to palm off this political sleight of hand will, I fear, damage greatly its credibility with Canadians in the long run. In other words, how can the opposition call for greater expenditures than the government is now making, yet accuse the government at the same time of placing too heavy a tax burden on the middle income groups.
Subtopic: FAMILY INCOME SECURITY PLAN
Sub-subtopic: MEASURE TO PROVIDE BENEFITS IN RESPECT OF CHILDREN