The Health League of Canada is a voluntary body which is doing a great deal of work in the way of health education. The director is Doctor Bates, and the president is Mr. H. H. Bishop of Toronto. They publish the magazine, Health, and I cannot speak too highly of their work. The provinces, some municipalities and the dominion make contributions.
People who are totally deaf can be aided. You cannot do anything for people who are totally blind. People
who are hard of hearing can be aided. I suggest that intensive research be instigated, through the Department of National Health and Welfare and through the national council, to bring aid within reasonable bounds to those who are hard of hearing, in regard to the cost of hearing aids and also in regard to the cost of maintaining them. That is important. I do not think nearly enough attention has been paid to the handicap of those persons who are hard of hearing. The blind people get everything done for them. The institute is doing very well. I understand that the Canadian national institute is connected with the hard of hearing as well. It is a serious thing to be hard of hearing, far more serious than the average individual realizes. There is the great economic loss to the country as well. I suggest that some contribution be made toward the work that the institute is doing for the hard of hearing, so that they may be able to carry on that work.
I am particularly interested in this item. Last year when the hon. member for Wentworth took up this item the minister said at that time he would be glad to give it serious consideration, meaning, of course, that the grant is exactly the same this year as it was last year. It has been my privilege to be closely associated with the Victorian Order of Nurses in Canada for several years. The financial statement presented at the annual meeting this year, which, incidentally, was the fiftieth anniversary of this order, was somewhat alarming. I made it my business to check into the affairs of the order, and I believe it would be interesting to hon. members and to many people outside if I were to put some figures on the record. It will not take long.