I should like to be clear in my mind concerning one question connected with the matter we have been discussing. An elderly lady came to see me not long ago, stating she had been a recipient under the Old Age Pensions Act, and had been receiving the pension for four or five years before the old act was superseded by the universal Old Age Security Act. A certificate was registered against her property. Now she comes under the Old Age Security Act. This point arises: Can she sell
the property with that certificate registered against it? I called the provincial office first, and they seemed somewhat vague about the situation. Then I called the dominion office and they were just as vague. It may be that I did not speak to the right person, or to the person who knew most about it. I am not suggesting that the officials in either case were at fault, because if I did I would be unfair.
On the other hand the question arose as to whether or not this lady could sell that property, or whether the new legislation actually vacated that situation.
Subtopic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS