In Alberta we have various programs for helping the aged in direct assistance which, I understand, does not exist in Saskatchewan. What we have to do in this nation above all else is to decrease the stranglehold on the economy that is imposed on it by governments taxing to the extent that they spend 42 per cent of the GNP of this nation.
A very appropriate article was written recently in which it was suggested that if we do have a depression it will be the first social-oriented depression in the history of the world, for the simple reason that the government has involved itself in the economy to the extent that the production of wealth in this country has suffered drastically. The difficulty with this
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nation, with its abundant resources, abundant opportunities and well trained people, is that it has engaged itself in a system of redistributing wealth and has forgotten how to create wealth.
Before 1 come to my general comments on the bill 1 should like to say something about frugalness. 1 mentioned frugalness in one of my earlier speeches. I was fortunate in that 1 grew up on a farm as a member of a pioneer family. Next to us lived another pioneer family, a very frugal couple. Throughout the years they amassed more and more wealth. Eventually, the man died and left all his wealth to his wife. Madam allowed herself only one luxury-she hired a maid called Mabel.
In the intervening years, madam accumulated more and more wealth through hard work and frugality. It was her wealth, and Mabel helped her accumulate it. As she became older and came closer to her last days on earth, she called Mabel in and said to her, "Mabel, I want you to bury me face up in my coffin. I want you to bury me in my best black satin dress," she said. "But Mabel, as 1 will be lying there on my back, I want you to cut out all the material from the back of my black satin dress and make yourself a skirt."
Subtopic: INCOME TAX ACT
Sub-subtopic: MEASURETO AMEND