Hon. J. W. Monleilh (Minister of National Health and Welfare):
This situation seems to have been caused by the fact that the Quebec social allowances commission did not process until quite recently some applications they had received from pensioners for special assistance of this type. Welfare matters such as this are administered by the provinces, though my department pays one half the cost under the Unemployment Assistance Act. Under this act the provinces are free to grant whatever aid is required on the basis of individual need.
The Quebec commission seems to consider that on this basis some people at least do not require more than $65 per month. Thus the pensioners whose income was raised to that level by supplementary allowances are now receiving only federal old age security, which means that my department is paying all the extra cost instead of one half of it. Of course if the commission feels that in individual cases a higher payment is warranted, we would still be prepared to share the added cost under unemployment assistance.
Subtopic: REPORTED NON-PAYMENT OF SUPPLEMENTARY ALLOWANCES