Under the Act as it
stands to-day no deduction is made from the pension of a widowed mother if while resident in Canada she is in receipt of an independent income of not more than $20 a
month, or $240 a year-that is to say, she may receive her pension and, independently of that, $240 a year. No deduction has been made on account of her own earnings, no matter where she lived, or on account of her owning her own home or getting the benefit of free lodgings. But there was a deduction made if she had sons living with her who in the opinion of the Pensions Board were fitted to support her, or if she had other children who were actually contributing to her support. In each of these cases, I believe, a deduction of $10 a month for each such son was made. It was thought, perhaps, to be unfair that on one side there should be a widow who was entitled to an exempted income of $20 a month, and, on the other, a widowed mother whose sons' contributions, whether they were actual contributions or implied contributions, should be deducted from her pension. The effect of this amendment is to place the contributions from the children, express or implied, on the same basis as the independent income and to exempt them up to $20 a month.
Topic: REVISED EDITION. COMMONS