February 19, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I was in error in saying that the recent British act does not make provision in the event of old age pension being paid. It does provide that a person shall not receive the benefit under the act if he does receive old age pension. I did not correctly state the provision in the British act. I believe I can make it plain to the hon. member for Vancouver-Burrard that no one would be receiving compensation under
a provision of a workmen's compensation act unless he were free from fraud; the tribunal which deals with these matters has decided that he is entitled to receive it. He receives compensation because of injuries sustained in the course of his employment. Any money he may receive in that way could just as easily have been the result of his having been struck by an automobile and receiving $500 from the owner for the injury sustained. He would put the $500 in the bank, and after his recovery would go to work. Under this measure he would receive his benefits just the same as if no accident had happened to him, provided he had worked the requisite number of days to secure the benefit in question. The fact that an employee through a workmen's compensation act has received compensation for injuries sustained during employment cannot in any sense be said to militate against his right to recover benefits which he has secured to himself by paying his premiums during the period of his employment. Old age pensions, however, are entirely different. That is not something which he has received from an employer, and which he has a right to receive; it is something paid to him by the state after he has turned over to the state any assets he may have within a certain figure to enable him to receive the pension in question.

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