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


Hume Cronyn



That is the point I am trying to make clear; we are getting the two things mixed. Where a child does not reside with the widowed mother, unless he makes a contribution to his mother, no deduction is or can be made. Now let us put that case aside, and take the case |of children residing with the mother. Undoubtedly there is under this section, given to the Board of Pension Commissioners, power and discretion to say whether that child, be the child boy or girl, is fitted to earn and is earning an amount sufficient to charge the mother's account up to $10 a month. By the amendments now before us we are exempting $20 a month of those supposed earnings, so that the widow would have to have more than two children who, in the opinion of the commissioners, should be contributing to her support before any reduction could be made. You have to leave it to the discretion of somebody, and it was strongly represented to the committee that public opinion took offence at a condition of affairs which allowed several strapping boys to be living with the mother and yet not held liable to contribute to her support. That, I think, was the expression of opinion given to the committee, and perhaps was the reason which caused the committee to pass this section some time ago. The course taken this year is to amelioriate the condition of the widowed mother in respect to that one particular.

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