February 25, 1902

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

I have no knowledge of it.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I think it would be necessary for us to see the reports of these medical appointees.

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

There are monthly reports from each of them.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I understand the minister to say that I was complaining that the expenditure was too heavy. What I complained of was that we were either spending too little or too much. We are spending too much for a very imperfect service and too little for a very good service. And while we have been spending a very considerable sum, our expenditure is without much effect, because the disease has been imported over and over again from the other side notwithstanding all our precautions. I cannot understand liow so large a number of cases could come in if ordinary precautions had been taken. I do not complain of the expense, but of the laxity of the regulations and the provisions taken to prevent the importation of the disease.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

Are the services of these local medical officers dispensed with on the recommendation of the chief medical officer ?

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

Yes, he reports to me and I authorize him to dispense with their services.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

Have any steps been taken by the officers of the department to secure the co-operation of the provincial authorities ?

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

The work of each is entirely separate. We have not asked them to do our work, nor have they asked us to do theirs.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

Is there any correspondence in the department between the two ? It would be very advisable for the Dominion to secure the co-operation of the local authorities in stamping out this disease. In some sections of Ontario it has made considerable ravages, and our urban muni-

cipalities have had to expend large sums. It is utterly impossible to think that if there were co-operation between the Dominion and the provincial officers more satisfactory results would not be obtained. It is unfortunate, notwithstanding the appointments of so many officers along the frontier in Ontario, that such a vast number of cases have been allowed to pass.

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

The hon. gentleman is exaggerating. We have no such information.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

The newspapers say so, and they got their information from the medical authorities very largely, and their reports have been found substantially correct. At any rate, I think that better results would be obtained if the Dominion officers would co-operate with the provincial officers.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Is there any correspondence between the Quebec Board of Health and the hon. gentleman's department on this subject V

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

There are one or two letters and I will bring them down.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

Is there any correspondence with the Public Health Department of Ontario ?

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

I will bring that down also.

Mr. LaRIVIERE. I would ask for the same privilege for Manitoba. I understand that the disease spread considerably in Manitoba on account of the laxity of the service at the boundary in allowing cases from Dakota to cross the line. We have had several cases traced to Dakota.

The MINISTER OF' AGRICULTURE. My inspector denies point blank that anything of the kind occurred.

Mr. LaRIVIERE. There is a general complaint in Manitoba that cases of small-pox were allowed to cross the border. The fact is notorious.

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Tracadie Lazeretto, $5,500.

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

It is exhausted each year. It is a fixed sum paid the Sisters of Charity to manage the hospital and to pay the doctor's salary, and other expenses.

Public Works Health Act, $4,000.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Has the hon. gentleman appointed a travelling physician, as he stated he intended to do ?

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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

I appointed a travelling inspector, but not a physician. His name is C. A. L. Fisher, of Montreal.

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February 25, 1902