February 19, 1959

NATIONAL DEFENCE

CANADA-U.S. JOINT PROCUREMENT OP DEFENCE EQUIPMENT


On the orders of the day:


CCF

Harold Edward Winch

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Harold Winch (Vancouver East):

Mr. Speaker, may I ask a question of the Minister of National Defence. Has the minister's attention been drawn to a report in this morning's Montreal Gazette as follows:

General Charles Foulkes, chairman of the Canadian chiefs of staff committee, said today Canada and the United States have neglected to continue to develop joint procurement of defence equipment.

It now is possible that we (Canada) may have to abandon the policy of developing and producing special Canadian equipment for the limited requirements of the Canadian forces and revive the provisions of the agreement of 1950 for economic co-operation with our partners (the U.S.) in joint production of defence requirements.

Can the minister inform the house if this statement, as reported in the press, by the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, is the policy now established by his department and by the government?

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. JOINT PROCUREMENT OP DEFENCE EQUIPMENT
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PC

George Randolph Pearkes (Minister of National Defence)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. G. R. Pearkes (Minister of National Defence):

I have not seen the press report referred to. I will take this as notice and look into the question.

Topic:   NATIONAL DEFENCE
Subtopic:   CANADA-U.S. JOINT PROCUREMENT OP DEFENCE EQUIPMENT
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HEALTH INSURANCE

REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CONDITIONS GOVERNING FEDERAL GRANTS


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Hédard-J. Robichaud

Liberal

Mr. H. J. Robichaud (Gloucester):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of National Health and Welfare, notice of which I sent to his office this morning.

In the application or payment of federal grants to provinces which have agreed to come under the hospital insurance scheme, would the minister inform the house if the plan must apply on a compulsory basis in those provinces which have accepted, and also if it should cover the entire province and not be limited to a portion of the said province?

Topic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CONDITIONS GOVERNING FEDERAL GRANTS
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PC

Jay Waldo Monteith (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. W. Monleiih (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

I wish to thank the hon. member for having given me notice of this question. The federal legislation requires that the insured services provided must be made available to all residents of the province. This does not mean that insurance must be compulsory for all persons in the province. However, under the agreements concluded to date, all provinces with the exception of the province of Ontario have made their programs compulsory for all residents. Ontario has a compulsory requirement for a large sector of the population, and makes the services available to the remaining residents on a voluntary basis. In concluding any agreement with a province we would, of course, expect some assurance that a large proportion of the population would be covered by the program as was the case in Ontario.

In regard to the question whether the program must cover the entire province, it of course goes without saying that if the program is universally available to all residents it cannot be limited to one sector or region of a province.

Topic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CONDITIONS GOVERNING FEDERAL GRANTS
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LIB

Hédard-J. Robichaud

Liberal

Mr. Robichaud:

In view of the answer

given, would the minister inform the house whether a province will qualify for its share of the federal grant if a municipality within that province refuses to contribute to the provincial share?

Topic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CONDITIONS GOVERNING FEDERAL GRANTS
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PC

Jay Waldo Monteith (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Monfeith (Perth):

I assume the hon. member is referring to the province of New Brunswick. The federal government and the province of New Brunswick have not as yet signed an agreement. When such an agreement comes to be signed, the factors required to bring the agreement within the context of the over-all act will be taken into consideration.

Topic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CONDITIONS GOVERNING FEDERAL GRANTS
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NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN

OTTAWA RIVER BRIDGE


On the orders of the day:


LIB

Alexis Pierre Caron

Liberal

Mr. Alexis Caron (Hull):

I wish to direct a question to the Prime Minister. When Major General Kennedy, chairman of the national capital commission, spoke about the

bridge which is badly needed was he reflecting the policy of the present government?

Topic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN
Subtopic:   OTTAWA RIVER BRIDGE
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSION
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):

I do not know what General

Kennedy has said with respect to the bridge-

Topic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN
Subtopic:   OTTAWA RIVER BRIDGE
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSION
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?

Some hon. Members:

No bridge.

Topic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN
Subtopic:   OTTAWA RIVER BRIDGE
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSION
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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Prime Minister)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

-therefore I am unable to answer the question in any way.

Topic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN
Subtopic:   OTTAWA RIVER BRIDGE
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSION
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LIB

Alexis Pierre Caron

Liberal

Mr. Caron:

Mr. Speaker, my question is supplementary to the one I asked the Prime Minister earlier. The Prime Minister said a while ago that he had not received a report of Major General Kennedy's speech. Would he look at that report and answer at a later date?

Topic:   NATIONAL CAPITAL PLAN
Subtopic:   OTTAWA RIVER BRIDGE
Sub-subtopic:   STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN OF COMMISSION
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February 19, 1959