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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Ottawa and provinces are gearing to change baby bonus system April 10, 1972 IETHBRIDGE HERAID 3 OTTAWA (CP) welfare officials in Ottawa liiul' ID provincial canihils arc gear- ing up administrative niachin- cry to deal will) a projected transformation in the 27-year- old family allowances program. Government proposed changes before Parliament, would sharply alter tlie familiar baby- bonus clieciues mailed monthly to every Canadian family with school-age children. Tlic present system of pay- ments lo every family with chil- dren would be replaced by a program of graduated benefits based on need. That would mean no more monthly cheques for roughly three of 10 families who get them now but bigger cheques for slightly more than five of 10 families, and smaller amounts for the rest. It would also mean poteniial form-filling headaches for the roughly 2.5 million families out of about 3.5 million Canadian families with children who will qualify for nev.1 family income security cheques. The present system, Intro- duced in 1915, pays ?0 monthly for children under in and outside Ihe present provincial monthly for children aged 10 lo ciipilals atid field officers will j A separate youth allowance of monthly is paid for chil- lour other communities. Tlie cliilc when Ihc sclec- dren aged Ifi and 17. jlivG-hcncfils program takes ef The new program would [yet depends on Parliament and a maximum a month for the government. The most likely ami most convenient date ad- children under 12 and monthly for children 12 to 17 in- j ministralivcly would be -Sept. 1. elusive. The idea for u revised bcne- Faclors governing Ihc actual j fils-bascd-on-nccd baby bonus payments arc size of family and income earned by mother and father. If any family qualifies for less than S5 a 42-cent monthly i year. was presented in a government white paper at Ihc end of HI70 and the first legislative version presented to Parliament payment is not, made. Current legislation, slightly Staff in the family allowances revised from the original ver- division of the income security branch of national health and welfare will he ready to help families faced with the neces- sity of filling out application income rates qualify for family security benefits. A division official says prepa- rations are already well ad- vanced here and in regional of- fices in the provincial capitals. Some extra staff will be hired to help handle the expected surge of paperwork. New re- gional offices may be opened state Us estimated income eiir- icnlly at multiplied by of the reported for 1971 tax purposes. Then it would qualify for baby-bonus payments. The administrative rub comes in when the same family has another change in fortunes anil, after applying for (he new baby bonus, other income goes up again-even In the point where it makes the family officially in- eligible for the new haby bonus. Officials say alt families will be encouraged to notify federal authorities quickly of any sub- stantial change in income so bahy-ljonus cheques may be ad- justed accordingly, In the event that the family [ailed to do so, actual income received in a given 12-month pe- riod would be cheeked against that reported for income-tax purposes. Adjustments iir Ihc baby-bonus cheques then would he imposed, by reductions to make up for past over-payments or by increases to cover under- payments. Should a family officially inel- igible for baby-bonus payments in a given period have received accident, ignorance or department would allernpt lo have (hem paid back, im official said The administrative problems might be complicated by Ihe difference in Iwo financial years .....the pe riod for payment of new baby bonuses arid the calendar ary-to-Deccrnber income year In which bonuses generally would be geared. However, officials say Ihe sys- tem generally is expecled lo work in the same manner as the applications by for the guaranteed income supplement to old-age pensions introduced last year. INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL ON YOKOHAMA R A DIALS Mile Guarantee NINE PLY TREAD AREA COMPUTERIZED BALANCING INCLUDED T902 2 Avenue S. Phone 327-3580 "WE KNOWINGLY UNDERSELL" slon, was debated in general terms for three days before the Commons adjourned for Easter. The hopes to complete genera! debate and refer the bill to the Commons welfare committee for detailed study ami suggestions. After that, it must hurdle final Com- mons passage and then face Se- i nate examination before bcconi-1 ing law. If passed, Sept. 1 would be a convenient date for implementa- tion by the government because the bill provides for an adminis- trative financial year for the nev.1 program from Sept. 1 of one year to Aug. 31 of the fol- lowing year. The range of payments in that 12-month period would be based generally on the applicant fam- ily's income in the previous cal- endar year. That is, if the plan implemented Sept. 1, ap- plications for benefits would in- clude the husband-wife income for the year 1971 as reported on income-tax returns filed for that year. That would be the general rule in applications for new baby-bonus cheques. However, families whose income harl al- tered sharply since the previous year would be permitted to apply on the basis of an esti- mate of income for the year in j which benefits would be paid. It is in such cases that head- I aches might arise for some families those whose incomes fluctuate for ex- ample, that might apply to fam- ilies whose income is largely de- rived from commissions on sales. Take, for instance, a family with one child between 12 and 17 in which income for lax pur- poses last year was more than On the strict interpreta- ion of the new legislation, that family would he ineligible for any baby-bonus payments be- tween next September and Au- gust, 1973. But say that the family's In- come slumped this year to ?6SO a month from a month last year. I In that case, the family could There are tvays of getting jour candidate nominated, By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) If you're sick of your MP and want to send a new man to Parliament in the next election, the first task is to get one of the parlies to nommato your man as a can- didate. Political insiders here have some hints to help evea the nov- ice win the scrappy gnerilla war that sometimes erupts at nominating conventions. The strategy is simple. Pack (he meeting with people who can lie trustee] to vote for your man. For (hat purpose, the Con- servative party might be the easiest target. Rules vary from riding to rid- ing, but in some local Conserva- tive organizations you can sign up new party members as they enter the voting meeting. If they are signed up and their dues are paid, they may vote immediately. The Liberals usually require a member to be at least 48 hours in the party before he may vole. STRICTER IN NDP With at least a 30-day waiting period, the New Democrats are nearly impossible to penetrate with instant voters. With all parties now in the process of holding nomination conventions for the election ex- pected this year, that doesn't leave much time. The Conservatives and Liber- als make packing meetings even easier by permitting candi- dates for nomination lo borrow or buy fistfuls of membership cards in advance. The cards may be doled out to trustworthy supporters w h o may then appear at the meeting to vote. In many ridings, the number of memberships a nominee can sell is a crucial test of his popu- larity in the area and therefore his attraction as a party candi- date. Insiders say a party nominee who is already an MP has an edge over challengers at (he nominating meeting. CO-OPERATION HELPS Co-operation, from the riding association executive can be a help to insurgents trying lo ele- vate a nominee to party candi- dacy. A Liberal organizer chuckles that a little manipulation by the secretary or membership chair- man can be a long as he isn't caught. Like jungle guerillas, politi- Stuclent visas 110 problem EDMONTON (CP) Walter Buck Bar) sug- gested in the Alberta legisla- ture that some people may he skirting Canadian immigration regulations by entering high schools and staying in the province on student visas. But Education Minister Lou Hyndman said he doesn't see it "as a problem of major im- portance" since only 220 of Al- berta's students are Chi- nese. Mr. Hyndman said school boards do not have to accept students unles s they are resi- dents of the school division in- volved. cal fighters must adapt (heir tactics to !oca! That's important because nei- ther the Conservatives nor Lib- orals exercise much control over procedures from federal headquarters. In the Liberal party, the pro- I vincial executive 1ms lite last say on such matters. Control in the Conservatives is at the rid- ing level. The NDP has some national standards, but they lo are en- forced at the provincial level. ff your man the nomma- lion, the next job is to patch up any rifts with the riding execu- tives, who may be miffed bv your tactics. Alliance with the party organ- ization is usually necessary for getting campaign funds and other support from local, pro- vincial and federal hierarchies for the race against candidates from olher parties in the elec- tion itself. Supplement JKIVIIKMUS are1 on need uccortling to the pensioner's ;tnnual income. Un- like I lie basic, federal old-age pens'nri of a month paid lo ;ill nvor supplements of var- i ions amounts arc paid oti appli- cation according to past income. A revised fnmily-allowancc.s pi'ourcim is likely to be different in Oni'bcc province, which al- rwi'ly has system of baby-bo nus supplements ami is cur- K'rslly iicflotKitiiitf details nf ;m cement whereby it would ad- minister the revised plan in that province. ANNUAL APPLICATIONS In every province under the new program, applications for Hie baby bonus would have to be renewed for changes in other income- iinlikf the present automatic- pay program. In practice, one-child families with annual income of or less would get the maximum family benefit of S15 or ?20, de- pending on the. child's age. For each additional child in a the ceiling annual In- come; around which maximum benefits would be paid rises bv That is, maximum benefits would be paid to two-children families earning annually or, to three-children fami- lies with or less, four-rhil- (Iron families at or under, i unri so on. For families with incomes i above the maxim urn-benefits ceilings, monthly benefits would j be reduced by 33 cents for each additional of other income received. I For example, whereas a fam- i ily with (wo children under 12 and earning annual income nf would get m o n t h 1 y I enemies of a similar family j earning at least 55.1W but IQFS than would get nvmthly j bonus cheques of re- j duction of 33 cents a monlfi for each child. i If the same two-children fanv ily's income were or more a year, there would be no monthly bonus cheques. DISTRIBUTES TREES Ontario's provincial tree nurs- eries distributed 67.4 million for- est trees in the 1070-71 fiscal ivear, Travelaire. The Total Travel Trailer. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE INTERIOR LATEX FIAT FREDDIE'S PAINT (WESTERN) LTD. There's no limit to summer, fall and winter fun with Travelaire. Choose from five exciting "La [olla" models from fifteen lo twenty-two foet. All have low-profile design for better towing safety and greater gas mileage. All offer total luxury for year-round USB. First see Travelaire the Total Travel Trailer. eisure Product! Ltd., 1055 West Hastings STrai r 1, RntKfi Columbia. 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