That is right; it was a great airlift job, which would have been impossible if proper provisions had not been made in advance to take care of it. One of the things that they had to take care of was the obvious need for drinking water throughout the flooded area. It had to be moved in by tank car. Provision for that was made by the department of health and public welfare. Then, free vaccine had to be provided against typhoid for 125,000 people, and a reserve sufficient for 60,000 people had to be built up. In meeting this need all the supplies of vaccine in Canada were exhausted, and it had to be flown in from places as far away as New York city. Plans have already been organized and worked out for health control at municipal level during the return and rehabilitation of the evacuees. I am informed that at every place in the flooded area where there is what they term a beachhead, there is a representative of the health and welfare department on hand to take care of the people as they move back.
The member for Winnipeg North (Mr. Stewart) was rather harsh in his criticism of the two governments for not having used this magic term "national emergency".