Mr., T. G. RODDICK (Montreal, St. Antoine) moved for leave to introduce Bill (No. 11) to provide for the establishment of a medical council in Canada. He said : Mr. Speaker, it is not my intention to take up the time of the House at this stage with any lengthy remarks, but I would simply like your permission to say, Sir, that since I had the opportunity about a year ago in this House, of explaining this measure fully, I have met representatives of the medical profession from every province in the Dominion of Canada, at a convention held in the city of Winnipeg in August last at which this measure was endorsed in its entirety with one or two exceptions or amendments, notably an alteration in the proposed composition of the council. The council, will, under the present draft bill, be somewhat changed in its method of election ; that is to say, that instead of three representatives from each province, as was originally intended, the representation shall now be based oil the number of medical men in each province, making for the larger provinces a very considerable increase. Another change which was decided upon was to have the ten universities of Canada represented on this council. With the exception of these there have been no alterations in the original Bill as presented to this House at the last session of parliament. I have reason to believe that the medical men in this House, of whom there are fourteen or fifteen, are almost unanimous, if not unanimous, in their endorsation of this measure, and I hope they will join me in the request which I intend making on the second reading of this Bill, that the right hon. leader of the government shall cousent to the appointment of a com-
mitte, which shall be composed chiefly of the medical men of the House with one or two legal gentlemen, who shall have an opportunity of studying the measure and of hearing any delegates who may come from the various provinces in order to suggest changes or amendments in It. I have been anxious that the profession should thoroughly understand the measure, and now I am exceedingly anxious that the medical men in this House and my hon. friends of other persuasions, shall also thoroughly understand it. I have purposely not pushed the Bill because I was most anxious that every one should be thoroughly satisfied with it. Now, I think the time has come when I may proceed to a second and a final stage. My motion is seconded by Mr. Bell.
Motion agreed to and Bill read the first time.