July 25, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

Well, if that were not so, I believe there would be larger families.
It is to be remarked that this does not pretend to be a bill which will enable the state to pay for the maintenance of a child. If the cost as given this afternoon is between $14 and $15 a month on a low wage level- and it must be at least that-to maintain a child, and the average family allowance to be paid is $7 a month, then approximately the total payment, putting it on a rather low level, is about half what it takes to maintain a child in a family. It seems to me that if we are to have family allowances based on per capita grants to children we should see to it that the amount is not decreased if a family exceeds what we might term the average number.

Topic:   FAMILY ALLOWANCES
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR PAYMENTS IN RESPECT OF CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN
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