March 22, 1927


Health-the administration of the acts respecting food and drugs, honey, maple products, opium and narcotic drugs and proprietary or patent medicines, $120,800.


LIB

James Horace King (Minister of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment; Minister presiding over the Department of Health)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Minister of Health):

There is an increase of $2.5,000 over the vote

Supply-Health

of last year. This vote is understood to provide for the administration of the acts respecting food and drugs, honey, maple products, opium and narcotic drugs and proprietary or patent medicines. The $15,000 of the increase, or part of it is for investigation in connection with the international traffic in narcotic drugs between Canada and United States under the terms of the international treaty. It was found last year that we required to ask for a governor general's warrant and a supplementary vote of $10,000. The additional increase of $10,000 is to make provision for establishing and equipping a sub-laboratory at Toronto, in addition to our laboratories at Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax and Montreal.

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Item agreed to. Pollution of inland waters, $9,000.


UFA

Robert Gardiner

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARDINER:

What sort of organization could be put into existence for $9,000?

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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

We have a chief sanitary inspector whom we are making permanent this year at $3,600, a part time assistant at $1,000, the traveling expenses represent $1,800 and our cooperation with the provincial department of health in collecting water samples from the steamships for analysis requires $2,600, making a total of $9,000. This work is carried on in conjunction with the provincial authorities, and also under an international agreement between the United States and Canada, which relates more particularly to work on the great lakes and the St. Lawrence river.

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Item agreed to. Marine hospitals, including burial expenses of destitute deceased mariners and grants to institutions assisting sailors, $190,000.


UFA
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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

It amounted to $139,998.

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UFA
CON

Thomas Edward Simpson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SIMPSON:

Is the increase due to higher funeral expenses?

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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

It ' is estimated that the amount required this year will be $190,000. There is $25,000 needed to cover payments made last year.

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Item agreed to. Immigration medical inspection, $160,000.


CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I would suggest that the minister let this item stand for the moment.

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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I have no objection.

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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

It is something that we will wish to discuss.

Item stands.

Venereal diseases, $100,000.

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LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

Mr. Chairman, I think it is very unfortunate indeed that this grant should be cut down. Last year a deputation representing all sections of the House waited upon the Prime Minister and asked for a larger sum. I cannot see why such an important item should receive this scant attention at the hands of the government. I notice that the total to be spent for the health of the people is only $600,000. On the preceding page the vote for health of animals is over $2,000,000. It is absurd to spend $2,000,000 for that purpose and only half a million dollars in caring for the health of the people. 1 think the minister ought to explain the reason for the reduction.

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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay) :

Mr. Chairman, this expenditure was undertaken some years ago by way of annual grants to the provinces in order to develop clinics to take care of the conditions indicated by this item. A number of clinics have been established throughout Canada, fifty in all. I am informed that if this grant is stabilized at $100,000 it will probably be sufficient to meet the requirements of the provinces.

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CON

Robert James Manion

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

May I suggest to the minister, in order to save time, that as some members wish to discuss this and the other item that I referred to, he might let this stand

also?

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John Warwick King

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Yes.

Item stands.

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LAB

March 22, 1927