Hon. Paul Martin (Essex East):
Mr. Speaker, I am sure the Minister of National Health and Welfare will accept in the spirit in which I say it, that we are all very happy to see this eruption to life on the part of the minister. The program he has announced, of course, must be examined in the light of the recommendations made to the government not in 1960, as the minister implied, but late in 1958, when the Canadian Welfare Council recommended the establishment of a program embodying some of the features which the minister announced today.
The grants to which the minister referred are positive matters to pursue, but as the minister so well knows they do not represent a new effort on the part of the government of
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Canada. It would be regrettable, however, if the minister were to use the appointment of the new council, the personnel of which has not yet been named, as a device to delay extending family allowance payments to school children up to age 18, as we in the Liberal party have proposed. That need not wait. Likewise we would hope that the establishment of this program would not in any way serve as a device to stand in the way of establishing for Canadians a national minimum pension of $75 a month on a contributory basis, as proposed by the Liberal party.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF WELFARE GRANTS FOR RESEARCH, ETC.-ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL WELFARE COUNCIL