In addition to that she has to keep up her home, where she has lived for some forty years, paying $250 in municipal taxes. She pays $18 for water and $100 for repairs of one kind or another. She keeps a janitor or a man who comes in to cut the grass and fire the boiler and do odd jobs; she pays him $60 a year. She needs a charwoman to come in every week to clean up, and that will cost her $48. Probably she is not so well as not to require a doctor occasionally, and her medical expenses are about $100 a year. It costs S200 to heat the house, $24 for electricity, $30 for telephone and $30 for gas. If I have added these items correctly, including the additional amount paid in respect of national defence tax, it makes a total of $960. That leaves the poor lady something like
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$540. She has a daughter with her who is not very well and so does not work. One of the sons has not worked for quite a while and needs the odd dollar she can spare to help keep his family. How is that poor woman going to live? She maintains that she is a married woman, having raised a family and kept house for forty years. How can the minister justify classifying her as a single woman? To me it looks unfair. Why is she not classed as a married woman and given an exemption of $1,500 a year instead of $750 a year?