My hon. friend is no doubt referring to the statement the minister made to me when I questioned him on March 12,
1952, as reported at pages 356 and 357 of Hansard. I was coming to that matter in just a moment but, since the hon. member has asked that question, I will reorganize what I was starting out to say.
Last June when we were discussing the Old Age Assistance Act I asked the minister specifically whether those on the former pension would be free from recoveries after the end of December, 1951. As recorded at page 4587 of Hansard for June 23, 1951, the minister replied:
That Is a matter that will have to be decided in the future. I cannot decide it now.
On the basis of that, and on the basis of discussions of this matter that to my knowledge have taken place in at least some of 55704-35
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I can only say that the whole matter is one that is governed by the existing law.
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