Canada: THE PARLIAMENT: For the Aged

After a total of seven days of debate, the House of Commons passed a liberalized Old Age Pensions bill last week. Chief changes:

¶ The basic old age pension rate is raised 20%—from $25 to $30 a month. (To be eligible, a person must be 70 years old, have lived in Canada at least 20 years.)

¶ The amount of outside income allowed a single pensioner is raised from $125 to $240 a year. This clause will add 60,000 names to the present list of 209,000 pensioners.

¶ The eligible age of blind pensioners is lowered from 40 to 21....

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