Hon. Jake Epp (Minister of National Health and Welfare) moved
that Bill C-26, an Act to amend the Old Age Security Act, be read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs.
He said: Mr. Speaker, it is with a great deal of pride that I rise to speak on second reading of Bill C-26, an Act to amend the Old Age Security Act. This Bill will always have special significance for me in that it is the first piece of social policy legislation that I, as Minister of National Health and Welfare representing the Government of Canada, have the opportunity to present to the House. This Bill will correct a very serious social problem which has long concerned myself and almost all Members of the House of Commons.
The Bill before us today will extend the protection of the spouse's allowance program to all widows and widowers between the ages of 60 and 64 regardless of the age of their spouse at death. This proposal was a firm commitment made to the people of Canada during the last election campaign. It was formally enunciated in the Speech from the Throne in November. I am pleased that the Government of Canada is fulfilling another of its election promises this morning.
Subtopic: OLD AGE SECURITY ACT
Sub-subtopic: MEASURE TO AMEND