April 7, 1932

LAB
CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

For the ten months we spent $180,000.

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LAB

Abraham Albert Heaps

Labour

Mr. HEAPS:

Can the minister tell us

how many doctors are engaged in this work abroad?

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CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

There are twelve doctors overseas; last year the number was reduced by four or five.

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UFA
CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

The reduction applies to everyone.

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LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

With the policy of the government a very definite restriction in immigration, why is this amount necessary?

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CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

It is necessary to have

a certain number of medical inspectors. We have two in London, two in Liverpool, two in Glasgow, one in Belfast, one in Paris, one in Hamburg and two in Antwerp. That is the minimum.

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LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

I thought we were not

permitting any immigration from the continent. If that is so, why keep medical inspectors over there?

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CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

I am acting in conjunction with the Minister of Immigration, and I accept his advice as to the number of doctors he thinks should be there.

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LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

Then when the immigration estimates are up perhaps the minister will give us that information.

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Item agreed to. Supply-National Health



Grant to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, $18,000.


UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

I should like to know why

this item is being reduced by $2,000.

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CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

It is the ten per cent

reduction.

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UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

Is it the intention to pay

the blind a smaller pension this year? This is about the last place we should start to curtail our expenditures.

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CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

If the hon. member will look over the grants he will find them all treated in the same way.

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UFA

George Gibson Coote

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. COOTE:

I do not think these blind

people ever received sufficient pension, and I protest against the action of the government in making this reduction.

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CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

This is not for pensions to the blind. It is a grant.

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LIB

Peter Heenan

Liberal

Mr. HEENAN:

Surely the government are not going to cut the blind as well as those who can see. They are going a long way when they reduce by $2,000 the grant to the Institute for the Blind. I had thought that before now they would have revised the old age pension scheme so as to take care of the blind under that provision. Had a real government been returned to power, the blind would have been receiving assistance to-day under the old age pensions legislation. Surely this is one place where the government should have refrained from putting their knife into the allowance made to suffering humanity-an allowance of $20,000. The matter is wmrthy of reconsideration.

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April 7, 1932