February 18, 1965

HEALTH AND WELFARE

CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF ROYAL COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Leader of fhe Opposition):

Mr. Speaker, in view of the fact that the second report of the Hall commission is now before the government, and that the first one consisted of many recommendations and suggestions respecting the establishment of medicare, is the Prime Minister now in a position to indicate whether a study of that first report has been made and, as has been suggested by certain reports, does the government intend to bring medicare legislation before the house?

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Mr. Speaker, the second report which has just been tabled is also a very important and interesting document in respect of this subject, and it will have to be carefully considered before any decisions can be reached. Consideration is now being given to that report. Consideration has been given and is still being given to the first volume, and before any decision or action can be taken in respect of these recommendations discussions will have to be held with the provincial governments.

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PC

John George Diefenbaker (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Mr. Speaker, has there been any discussion as yet with the government of the province of Saskatchewan in this connection?

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

To my knowledge, Mr. Speaker, no special discussions have been held with any province.

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PC

Jay Waldo Monteith

Progressive Conservative

Hon. J. W. Monteith (Perth):

Mr. Speaker,

I should like to ask a question of either the Prime Minister or the Minister of National Health and Welfare. It will be recalled that volume 1 of the Hall commission report on health services recommended that a federal-provincial conference be convened within six months of the tabling of that volume. I wonder whether either the Prime Minister or the minister could report to the house on the progress of this recommendation.

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, I cannot give my hon. friend any definite information as to when the conference will be held. He mentioned that a time of six months was recommended in volume 1 of the health services commission report. We have only just received volume 2 and would want to consider that before any conference with the provinces is held.

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ARTS, LETTERS AND SCIENCES INQUIRY AS TO PRELIMINARY REPORT BY ROYAL COMMISSION


On the orders of the day:


PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Hon. Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West):

Mr. Speaker, can the Prime Minister tell me whether he or the government has received a preliminary or manuscript copy of the report of the royal commission on biculturalism and bilingualism?

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Right Hon. L. B. Pearson (Prime Minister):

Yes, Mr. Speaker, an interim report in English and in French has been received and is now in the hands of the queen's printer. I hope it will be possible to table it and make copies available for every member within a few days.

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PC

Marcel Joseph Aimé Lambert

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Lambert:

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Will the Prime Minister ascertain whether any copies have been made available to unauthorized persons within the last 24 hours?

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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, I will be glad to look into that situation, but at this time I have no knowledge of that.

Inquiries of the Ministry AGRICULTURE

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WHEAT-REQUESTS FOR INCOME PROTECTION FOR FARMERS


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. T. C. Douglas (Burnaby-Coquitlam):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Minister of Trade and Commerce whether he has received representations in recent weeks from the wheat pools in western Canada and from the national farmers union requesting income protection, and pointing out that farmers now stand to lose somewhere between $50 million and $75 million this year. I should also like to ask the minister whether he is prepared to announce the steps he proposes to take, if this estimate of the loss in farm income is accurate, in order to satisfy the representations made by these farm organizations.

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LIB

Mitchell William Sharp (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Hon. Mitchell Sharp (Minister of Trade and Commerce):

Mr. Speaker, one of the rather strange anomalies of this situation is that because of the exceptional and most gratifying results obtained in the last crop year, this crop year is being compared to it. Actually prices are just about where they were when the previous government left office before the great Russian sale.

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Some hon. Members:

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February 18, 1965