Clause (c) provides:
(c) has resided in Canada for the twenty years immediately preceding the date aforesaid;
That is, he must have arrived in Canada twenty years before reaching the age of seventy. Is there not danger in that clause to the welfare of Canada? I presume the whole purpose of this legislation is to reward those who have worked for the welfare of Canada. I think we all agree that this is desirable. Unfortunately the working people of Europe by the time they have reached the age of fifty are pretty well broken down. I have seen hundreds of them and know what I am talking about. If they come here at the age of forty-nine years and eleven months, and are not in a physical condition to give any labour to Canada between that age and seventy, they might live to the age of ninety, and although owing them no reward the Dominion would be paying them a pension for that period. That is the only bad point I see.
Topic: OLD AGE PENSIONS