June 28, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


James Shaver Woodsworth



I rise not to oppose this vote but to ask why other similar associations are not given grants as well. There is an association that appeared before our committee dealing with the question of pensions for the blind, the Canadian Federation for the Blind, which I think has been doing very good work right across the country. I understand it has some twelve branches; I know it has been very active in my own city as well as in Toronto, Montreal and elsewhere. It would seem to me highly desirable that this association should have a grant as well. I know there is an item here for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, but as I understand it the type of work carried on by the Canadian National Institute differs very materially from that carried on by the Canadian Federation for the Blind. I regret exceedingly, as I feel a great many members of this house regret, that apparently we are

not to have any legislation providing for pensions for the blind. I wish, even at this late hour, the government could see its way clear to reconsider that decision, but especially in view of that fact it seems to me that the blind ought to be given some encouragement to carry on the type of educational work they have been carrying on in order to improve their condition. I hope the minister will consider the possibility of making a similar grant to this other organization.

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