March 23, 1938

LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member is in order in putting a question to any minister, but I do not think he is in order in making a speech, giving special reasons for the question he intends to put,

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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LIB

Robert Emmett Finn

Liberal

Mr. FINN:

I am not making a speech.

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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LIB

James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

Make your speech short.

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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LIB

Robert Emmett Finn

Liberal

Mr. FINN:

I will dispense with it. The question I should like to ask is why an East Indian seaman stricken with smallpox was admitted to Camp Hill hospital, which is supposed to be devoted to returned men and women, so that an orderly who was in attendance on this patient also has been stricken with smallpox, and according to a letter just received it is feared that there may be an epidemic. The hospital is quarantined so that no person may enter or leave.

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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LIB

Robert Emmett Finn

Liberal

Mr. FINN:

I may not be quite within the rules of this house in making this explanation, but I think the matter is sufficiently serious to permit some little latitude being given.

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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LIB

Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Hon. C. G. POWER (Minister of Pensions and National Health):

Mr. Speaker, the other hon. member for Halifax (Mr. Isnor) was kind enough to give me notice of a question along similar lines.

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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LIB

Robert Emmett Finn

Liberal

Mr. FINN:

He did not give me notice.

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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Charles Gavan Power (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

I have prepared a reply. The question put to me by the other hon. member for Halifax was this:

It has been brought to my attention that a sick mariner was recently taken off a ship arriving from the far east which entered the port of Halifax and sent to Camp Hill hospital. Later it was learned that the patient was suffering from smallpox and died. Since then, others in the hospital have contracted this dread disease and, I understand, two orderlies are reported seriously ill.

In view of the danger of the spreading of this disease throughout the city of Halifax, I would like to ask the hon. minister:

(1) If he has been made aware of this matter.

(2) What steps have been taken to prevent a spread of this disease.

(3) If it is the intention of the minister, in future, to allow quarantine cases, particularly of sick mariners, to enter Camp Hill hospital.

To this I have had the following reply prepared by the officers of the department:

fMr. Finn.]

The ss. City of Auckland arrived at Halifax on Monday, March 7. She was boarded by the quarantine officer, and the captain reported to him that there was no illness on board. Nevertheless, while the boat was being deratized at the request -of the captain the immigration medical officer was advised that one of the members of the crew was ill.

The sick person was removed to Camp Hill hospital where the case was diagnosed as one of smallpox. The patient was then removed to the quarantine station at Lawlor's Island where he died on March 9. On March 18 I was advised that the orderly who attended the smallpox case at Camp Hill hospital had contracted smallpox and that instructions had been issued to remove him to Lawlor's Island together with a nurse and orderly and all those who had been in contact with the patient unless they had been successfully vaccinated. On March 19 I was notified that a second orderly, who apparently had had a successful vaccination, had developed smallpox and that he was removed to Lawlor's Island together with two nurses and an orderly.

With respect to what steps have been taken to prevent a spread of this disease I would say this: As soon as it was ascertained that the patient was suffering from smallpox, the medical officer in charge of Camp Hill hospital issued instructions to vaccinate everyone in the hospital; to prevent anyone leaving the hospital and to prevent all visitors entering therein. All members of the crew of the ss. City of Auckland were vaccinated as well as all employees of the immigration building. Buses used in the transportation of the crew of the ss. City of Auckland to and from the immigration building and ship were fumigated and the bus drivers vaccinated. In addition, the crew of the quarantine boat, Salucan II, and members of their families were vaccinated. The city health officer and provincial health officer were notified and both gave every assistance that they could in preventing the spread of infection to the people of the city. Both expressed themselves as being satisfied with the measures taken by the quarantine officers and medical officers of Camp Hill hospital.

When advice was received that the orderly who had attended the patient at Camp Hill hospital had become ill with smallpox, all inmates of the hospital who had not shown a successful vaccination were revaccinated and complete quarantine imposed on the hospital,

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no one being permitted to enter or to leave. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were requested to place an officer on the hospital grounds to prevent entry or exit by anyone. Any new ex-soldier cases are being hospitalized in civilian hospitals and a clinic has been opened in the city for the treatment of outdoor cases. The chief of the division of quarantine and immigration of the Department of Pensions and National Health was directed to proceed to Halifax to take charge of the situation. A departmental inquiry is under way and as soon as possible a board will be set up for the purpose of inquiring into all the circumstances and for ascertaining what steps if any should be taken to avoid a recurrence.

The third question asks if it is the intention of the minister to allow quarantined cases, particularly of sick mariners, in future to enter Camp Hill hospital.

No. It has never been the practice to permit patients suffering from known infectious or contagious diseases to enter Camp Hill hospital. All sailors suffering from a quarantinable disease are sent to the quarantine stations, of which there are four, namely, Lawlor's Island, N.S., Partridge Island, NJ3., Quebec, and William Head, B.C. All those suffering from other infectious diseases are sent to civic contagious disease hospitals with which the department has contracts at the various ports.

Topic:   CAMP HILL HOSPITAL
Subtopic:   CASES OF SMALLPOX AND MEASURES TO PREVENT
Sub-subtopic:   SPREAD OF DISEASE-PROPOSED DEPARTMENTAL INQUIRY.
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SHOP CARDS REGISTRATION

REQUEST FOR TABLING OF OPINION OF JUSTICE


On the orders of the day:


CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. C. H. CAHAN (St. Lawrence-St. George):

I should like to ask the Secretary of State (Mr. Rinfret) if he will make available to hon. members on this side, or perhaps lay upon the table of the house, the opinion which has been given him by the Department of Justice as to the competence of parliament to enact Bill No. 22. I think if we were permitted to peruse that document it might shorten the discussion when the bill is again before the house.

Topic:   SHOP CARDS REGISTRATION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF OPINION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   DEPARTMENT AS TO VALIDITY OF BILL NO. 22
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LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. FERNAND RINFRET (Secretary of State):

I have not yet received the opinion of the Department of Justice, beyond the mention made by the minister himself yesterday, but I will undertake to table it in ample time before we resume consideration of the bill.

Topic:   SHOP CARDS REGISTRATION
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR TABLING OF OPINION OF JUSTICE
Sub-subtopic:   DEPARTMENT AS TO VALIDITY OF BILL NO. 22
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UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF

APPLICATION OF FEDERATION OF MAYORS RESPECTING ALLOCATION OF GRANT IN AID FOR


ensuing Year On the orders of the day:


CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):

I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers). Has he been able to -ome to any determination yet on the application made by the mayors last week to place relief on the basis of 40-40-20? This is an urgent matter to the municipalities now preparing the tax rate.

Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): The application of the mayors relates to the allocation of the grant in aid for the coming fiscal year. The estimates for this year have not as yet been brought before the house. Before they are submitted to the house of course there will be a very careful review of the situation in all the provinces of Canada.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   APPLICATION OF FEDERATION OF MAYORS RESPECTING ALLOCATION OF GRANT IN AID FOR
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BATTLEFIELDS COMMISSION

AUTHORIZATION OF PAYMENT TO COMMISSION OF $75,000 A YEAR FOR PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING TEN YEARS

March 23, 1938