Is the minister able to give me the information now, or does he want the item to stand? I am absolutely in favour of government annuities; I think we should do everything we can to encourage them. I am glad to see that in connection with the Income War Tax Act there is to be an exemption of $5,000 in this connection. We want to do all we can to encourage the buying of annuities, but what I am anxious to see is that they should be made a little cheaper to the public. We cannot exercise any proper judgment if the minister is unable to give us information as to the extent of the business, the receipts, the disbursements and the reserve that is necessary to take care of future liabilities, having regard to the expectation of life and so on. These items are essential to an intelligent discussion of the subject.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic: PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT