Albert Frederick MACDONALD

MACDONALD, Albert Frederick

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Edmonton East (Alberta)
Birth Date
June 13, 1901
Deceased Date
August 20, 1976
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Frederick_Macdonald
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=9125d197-7fcc-4586-9245-4e45e8197b8d&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
cashier, railway employee

Parliamentary Career

June 27, 1949 - June 13, 1953
LIB
  Edmonton East (Alberta)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 13)


January 19, 1953

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

It can

only come out of the pockets of the taxpayers; it can come only out of the taxpayers who work hard to put it into their pockets.

Topic:   FAMILY ALLOWANCES ACT
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO INCREASE AMOUNTS PAID TO COMPENSATE FOR INCREASE IN COST OF LIVING
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January 19, 1953

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

Because of these allowances, the children are able to get better food than they ever before had, and certainly more than they received eight years previously, before this good social measure was adopted. They are able to get better medical, dental and optical care than 68108-724

Family Allowances Act they ever before received. In every part of Alberta, as in every part of Canada, because of the allowances there has been a great improvement in school attendance. In fact, someone has said that family allowances are Canada's best truant officer. Because of family allowances, thousands of our children are now able to get the equipment they need in order to take part in sports and other recreational and cultural activities. These opportunities were not always open to them before the introduction of family allowances. By helping to relieve the fear of want that presses on every home where family incomes fall short of family needs, family allowances have given new hope and new faith in the future to a great many thousands of the parents of these 300,000 children who were recipients of family allowances in Alberta last year.

I have heard some suggest that the introduction of family allowances was a dangerous thing. Those people had little faith in the integrity and the sense of responsibility of the mothers and the fathers of this nation. After eight years' experience with this program we all know that the federal government's trust in the parents of this country was well placed. Experience has clearly shown that, in every part of the country, the allowances are being spent wisely and well to provide better food, clothing, health care and education for our nation's future citizens.

However, in the discussion of family allowances I believe that we are being insular when we think that it is the one form of social security to which the people expect us to give particular consideration. Family allowances are good, but there are other matters that we must consider. In 1951 the federal government enacted a vast new program of old age security. That program, in the generosity of its provisions and in the breadth of its coverage, is unequalled anywhere else in the world. Under our federal old age security program no less than 37,250 -and I am speaking of Alberta citizens only -receive more than $1,500,000 every month, which is paid entirely-every last cent of it-by the federal government, and without a means test of any kind.

Topic:   FAMILY ALLOWANCES ACT
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO INCREASE AMOUNTS PAID TO COMPENSATE FOR INCREASE IN COST OF LIVING
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January 19, 1953

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

Federal expenditures on old age security alone in Alberta amount to something more than $18 million a year, and this is in addition to the federal share of the old age assistance payments to those in need between the ages of 65 and 69. Through this self-respecting pay-as-you-go pension program the federal government has extended responsibility for

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Family Allowances Act the care of our senior citizens beyond the family circle, to take in the community and the whole nation. This program finds its purpose in the neighbourly instincts of an entire people and its fulfilment in their unselfish resolve to provide a better, more secure life for those who have grown old.

Every one of us can take pride in the fact that Canada is the first nation to pay a full scale universal old age pension without a means test. In looking at this whole picture of social security, of which a very important part is family allowances, may I say that family allowances and old age pensions help provide for the needs of the young and the old. But we have something else in addition in this nation, partly promoted by the federal administration, namely, our national health program.

Topic:   FAMILY ALLOWANCES ACT
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO INCREASE AMOUNTS PAID TO COMPENSATE FOR INCREASE IN COST OF LIVING
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January 19, 1953

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

-I welcome his interruptions, and probably for his enlightenment I should tell him what the national health program means to the province of which he represents an important constituency in this chamber. Under the national health program, Mr. Speaker, more than $3i million was available to the province of Alberta last year to help provincial authorities increase our hospital accommodation and improve our general health services. This program of national health grants, established a little over four years ago, is without question the greatest single event in the health history of this country. Since the program began, more than $11 million has been made available to improve health standards throughout Alberta.

Federal grants have been used for a thorough survey of the provinces' met and unmet health needs. The report of the health survey committee contains important recommendations regarding hospitals, nursing services, dental services, public health services, the care of crippled children, cancer control, mental illness, the control of tuberculosis, and many other matters vitally affecting the health of the people of the province of Alberta. Other federal health grants will be used to help implement these recommendations.

Moreover, I should like to tell the hon. member who interrupted me that for hospital

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construction alone in the province of Alberta more than $2 million in federal grants have been given to thirty-five individual hospital construction projects to help provide more than 2,000 additional hospital beds. Through the federal grants, additional training has been given to 400 physicians, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists and other health workers throughout Alberta. Grants have also been used to help establish Alberta's nursing aides school in Calgary where more than 700 nursing aides have already received training.

Substantial numbers of trained health personnel have been employed with the aid of federal funds to keep health services united throughout the province of Alberta. Other grants have been used to establish and operate new health units. In Calgary and Edmonton, federal grants have been used for the purchase of equipment and for the establishment of cerebral palsy clinics, well-baby clinics, and the development of immunization programs.

I would not have gone into this and other matters in such detail if the question had not been asked by the hon. member for Bow River as to what the federal government were doing with the money that they were collecting in taxes from Alberta. I say that through these and other responsible social measures, administered by the Department of National Health and Welfare and other federal agencies, effective steps are being taken to safeguard the health and welfare of the citizens of Alberta and of all Canada. I know that everyone will agree with me that each of these measures has been developed to meet a real need, but always within our capacity to afford.

Family allowances, old age pensions and the national health program are good in themselves, and I support them; but there is one thing that we should never forget, that our responsibilities as members elected from the constituencies are to give the kind of leadership that our constituents require from members attending sittings in this chamber. We should never forget that this social security program is built upon our system of free enterprise. The success of every social measure depends on the encouragement given to individual initiative because, in the long run, it is the hard work of the Canadian people, of whom I am one, that makes these measures for social security possible.

Just this week I had the opportunity and the privilege * of being present when representations were made by representatives of the sightless people of Canada. They too have

a problem that must be reviewed; they too have something that the minister, I hope, will give every consideration to and resolve in the way in which they wish it resolved. I have told the minister that, if he resolves it in the way they suggest, it will have my blessing as one member of this house.

Topic:   FAMILY ALLOWANCES ACT
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO INCREASE AMOUNTS PAID TO COMPENSATE FOR INCREASE IN COST OF LIVING
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January 19, 1953

Mr. Macdonald (Edmonton East):

That provides for better health care for everyone in Canada. Since the hon. member who has just interrupted me comes from Alberta-

Topic:   FAMILY ALLOWANCES ACT
Subtopic:   PROPOSAL TO INCREASE AMOUNTS PAID TO COMPENSATE FOR INCREASE IN COST OF LIVING
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