June 2, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Thomas Wakem Caldwell

United Farmers


The hon. member for Mackenzie (Mr. Reid) speaks about a son residing at home with his mother. This amendment includes not only sons, but daughters whether they reside at home or abroad, if the commission consider that they should contribute to their mother's support. This does not mean children who are contributing, but children who, the commission consider, should be contributing, to the mother's support. I opposed the Act last year when it applied only to sons, but it is much worse now when it applies to daughters as well. Supposing a daughter of a widowed mother is doing housework at $5 or $6 a week, earning hardly enough to clothe herself. It is within the power of the commission to decide that that girl should be contributing $10 a month to her mother's support when she is not earning enough to support herself. It is a most iniquitous provision, and as a member of the special committee, I wish to put myself on record as being absolutely opposed to the clause. I move in amendment:
That subsection 6 of section VI of chapter 62 of the Acts of 1920 be struck out.
I wish to add my meed of praise of the very efficient manner in which the chairman of this Pension Committee has carried on his work, and also of the very harmonious relations of the members of that committee. I would not want to make it appear by these few remarks that I do not think the members of the committee were sincere. There was no evidence of partisanship in that committee, I am pleased to say, and I think that if we could carry the spirit of that committee into this House business would proceed much more rapidly, and we would have more of a fellow-feeling possibly when the session is over than we have under the method now prevailing. I wish most heartily to add my meed of praise to what has been said of the devotion and ability and fairness of the chairman of the committee, as well as the other members.

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