June 24, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Angus MacInnis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)


They deny almost anything and I do not blame them. We all deny things that are not to our credit. But these are the facts. I would refer my hon. friends to my right to the speech made by a former leader of the party and a former prime minister of this country who said that there was not the least doubt in the world that the person who was responsible for old age pensions in Canada was the former leader of this group, the late Mr. J. S. Woodsworth. But the point I should like to impress upon the minister and upon the committee is that a pension at the present rate of $30 a month is wholly inadequate. It must not be forgotten that that amount is all that these people have to live on.

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