moved for leave to introduce Bill C-432, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan (arrears of benefits).
Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to introduce legislation that has been introduced once before by Mr. Caccia when he was here.
The legislation would amend the Canada pension plan so that any person applying for a pension once reaching the age of qualifying would always be able to receive retroactive payments, rather than the current maximum of 12 months.
It also would provide for full retroactive payments for a disability pension, a survivor's pension and a disabled contributor's child benefit rather than current maximums of either 15 months or 12 months for those different pensions.
This is something that should be automatic for our seniors, not something for which they should have to fight. My colleague from Sackville—Eastern Shore agrees with me on this.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)