Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Alberni):
Before the orders of the day are called I should like to direct the attention of the government to a paragraph in this morning's press to the effect that there is a rumour that a bill providing for a system of old age pensions is likely to be included in the programme of this session by the government. As that is a very
important matter indeed, and one that I have consistently pressed on the government for years, I would be very much gratified, as I am sure would many other hon. members, if the government could confirm that rumour. I desire to ask further, is it the intention of the government in the proposed legislation to follow the lines recommended by the report of the special committee of the House which sat in the last two sessions in connection with this matter? That committee, of which I was the British Columbia representative made two reports, one dated the 1st of July, 1924, and the other the 16th of June, 1925.
Hon. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Leader of the
House): It is the intention of the government to submit to the House a bill respecting old age pensions, and I am pleased to tell my hon. friend that it will be based on the recommendation of the committee of the House which sat in 1924.