May 8, 1953 (21st Parliament, 7th Session)

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

My hon. friend knows, of course, that we have provided through old age security for a considerable portion of the blind population of the country in terms of the elimination of the means test. The result would be that only about 5,000 blind pensioners would be involved. The matter is one that does not come entirely within the full competence of this government; it is a matter for the provincial governments as well. Representations are being made to them, and when we get their views we will be in position to give further consideration to the matter.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
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