Everyone admits the desirability of establishing a system of contributory rather than non-contributory old age pensions if possible. The difficulties heretofore have been largely constitutional, and it was hoped, I think, that this would be one of the questions which would have been considered in connection with the Sirois report. A certain reallocation of powers will be necessary before a workable scheme can be adopted with regard to contributory old age pensions. If that were adopted, it might be possible to lower the age.
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