I am glad that the amendment was brought in because it gives me an opportunity now, without being ruled out of order, to put before this committee a resolution which was presented last summer I believe by the Canadian Federation of the Blind to all the political parties in the House of Commons. In the public accounts there are listed certain miscellaneous grants to various blind organizations: The Canadian National Institute for the Blind, L'Association Canadienne Francaise des Aveugles, L'lnstitut Nazareth de Montreal and the Montreal Association for the Blind; and the Canadian Federation of the Blind has presented to all political parties in this house this petition which I will read so that it will be on the record:
Whereas the Canadian Federation of the Blind is an organization operating throughout Canada with a federal charter obtained in 1928, and duly recognized by the Secretary of State, and is directed by sightless people with the assistance of sighted associate members for the promotion and protection of the interests of the blind, and
Whereas our national executive is of the opinion that being a democratic organization of the blind we are in the best position to understand and advise in matters pertaining to the blind and to give the most effective administration in their interests.
Therefore be it resolved that we request the C.C.F. party-
In this case.
-to consider the advisability of proposing legislation which will include the Canadian Federation of the Blind as a major agency in blind welfare work throughout the dominion, and that the Canadian Federation of the Blind be given an appropriation from the federal treasury.
That is the end of the petition from the Canadian Federation of the Blind, signed by the president, C. A. Pettapiece of Regina. I support that resolution; and I should like to have the Minister of National Health and Welfare consider this petition-that is, for distribution of federal funds to the various blind welfare organizations throughout Canada-on the same basis on which it is making contributions to the four associations that I previously mentioned.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS