Mr. D. A. CROLL (Spadina):
In rising to speak on this question I realize that there has been some difference in the house as to whether the war is over or not. I think we are all agreed, though, that we are now passing through the transition period, at least in its first stages; and the productive machinery, the governmental machinery of the country and the outlook and trend are definitely from war to peace.
I agree with other hon. members in the house that the ultimate goal for all Canadians is social and economic security; but the path there, Mr. Speaker, is not strewn with roses, because to-day we have not only a multitude of new problems but also some old problems, and I am speaking of one old problem. I know something of this problem because I administered old age pensions in the province of Ontario as a member of the government, and under present changing conditions not only must we give consideration to the problem but we must do something about revising the Old Age Pensions Act.
It is only fair to say that the government have been aware of the problems. In 1943, by order in council, the amount was raised from $240 to $300, and in 1944 it was raised from $365 to $425 to pensioners.
Topic: OLD AGE PENSIONS
Subtopic: AGE AND INCOME REQUIREMENTS-PROPOSED INCREASE IN AMOUNTS PAYABLE