Clause o, Mr. Chairman,
Before any agreement made pursuant to this act comes into operation the governor in council shall approve the scheme for the administration of pensions proposed to be adopted by the province,-
I am referring to that part of it'he clause now. This is essentially a two-scheme proposal, and that is what is going to cause trouble, because I know some of the provinces are in favour of a contributory system. The clause continues:
*-and no change in such scheme shall be made by the province without the consent of the governor in council.
I do not think all the provinces will accept this proposal because Ithey will not all agree to a non-contributory system. Therefore, as the scheme will not be general throughout the Dominion, it will be unfair to the taxpayers of those provinces not participating in it because they will be contributing towards pensions in the provinces that decide to cooperate with the federal authorities.
I came to this House, Mr. Chairman, with the full intention of supporting legislation in the nature of old age pensions, no matter where it originated, whether with one of the smaller groups or with the government. If this measure has been introduced at the demand of one of the smaller groups, I must compliment them on the influence they exert over the government, but I cannot compliment them on the scheme brought down, I feel I cannot go back to my people and say: I supported the
enactment of a measure to provide old age pensions, and the whole thing is settled satisfactorily. The first question some of the old people who are looking for such relief would put to me would be: When are we going to
get (those pensions? I cannot tell them, and there is no man in this House can tell them when they are going to get relief under this bill.
Section 5 agreed to.
On section 6-Application of act in N.W.T.
Topic: OLD AGE PENSIONS