May 14, 1965


On the orders of the day:


NDP

Frank Howard

New Democratic Party

Mr. Frank Howard (Skeena):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of National Health and Welfare. It is based on a recent decision by a Saskatchewan court to the effect that Indian people and tribes covered by treaty are to be provided with medical care at no cost to them. I wish to ask the Minister what steps her Department or the Government are taking to comply with this decision by providing medical care in keeping with the treaty obligations.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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LIB

Julia Verlyn (Judy) LaMarsh (Minister of Amateur Sport; Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Hon. Judy V. LaMarsh (Minister of National Health and Welfare):

It was only this morning that I noticed the news report. I immediately discussed this matter with my colleague the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Hon. Members will appreciate that if it was a treaty which was under consideration, the ramifications of the judgment are wider than might otherwise be the case. The matter will, of course, receive urgent consideration in my Department. I notice it has been intimated that there may be a further appeal in connection with this case.

I am sure the hon. Member realizes that this is a most significant development in the evolution of the rights of our native peoples. The decisions of the courts as to their rights will be watched very carefully and Government policy will, if necessary, have to adjust to whatever decisions the courts may reach.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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NDP

Frank Howard

New Democratic Party

Mr. Howard:

A supplementary question. May I point out at the outset that this is not an evolution but rather a restitution of native Indian rights. Would the Minister in her consideration of this matter take into account the necessity of having this service provided to all native Indians in Canada regardless of whether their particular treaties cover it, so as to ensure uniformity in the application of the service?

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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PC

Eugène (Gene) Rhéaume

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Gene Rheaume (Northwest Territories):

A further supplementary question. I wonder whether the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration could tell the House whether the interdepartmental committee set up to examine some of the other rights which have been called into question earlier is in fact working, and when we may expect some action from that committee.

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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LIB

John Robert (Jack) Nicholson (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Hon. J. R. Nicholson (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration):

I thank the hon. Member for having given me notice of his question. Before answering it, with the permission of the House I would like to draw your attention, Mr. Speaker, to the presence in the gallery today of a very distinguished Canadian, Chief Bob Smallboy of the Ermine-skin band of Indians. He is a Cree, and he has told me he considers himself to be one of Her Majesty's officers. He made his first journey outside of Alberta, on this occasion, to discuss with the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs treaty and other matters which he considers of major importance to his people. He is accompanied by an interpreter because his knowledge of English is limited. It is a great pleasure to see the Chief here in the Gallery today.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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Some hon. Members:

Hear, hear.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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LIB

John Robert (Jack) Nicholson (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Nicholson:

Dealing with the question put by the hon. Member for the Northwest Territories, I am pleased to assure the House that the interdepartmental committee has begun to work. Their work has begun and they are making some progress. Our Department is represented by Dr. G. C. Monture and another representative. It is too early for my report to be expected, but they are actively engaged in their work.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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PC

Gerald William Baldwin

Progressive Conservative

Mr. G. W. Baldwin (Peace River):

A supplementary question to the Minister of Citizenship. Bearing in mind that this decision by a Saskatchewan court actually supports the contention of Indians over many years as to alleged breaches of treaties, would the Minister give earnest consideration to intervening in this litigation in the various appeals which we may expect, to support the contention of the Indians on this issue?

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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LIB

John Robert (Jack) Nicholson (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

Liberal

Mr. Nicholson:

Again I thank the hon. Member for having given me notice of his question. I can assure the hon. Member we have already ordered a copy of the reasons for judgment of the judge in Battleford, Saskatchewan. It will be carefully studied. I will then discuss the matter with my colleague, the Minister of Justice and with my other colleague, the Minister of National Health and Welfare, to determine whether this is an appropriate case in which to intervene. In any event I can assure the hon. gentleman that we will see to it that adequate counsel is provided, if so requested by the Indian concerned in the prosecution or in the protection of his rights in the different courts.

May 14, 1965

Inquiries of the Ministry

NATIONAL DEFENCE BROADCASTING

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   COURT DECISION RESPECTING PROVISION OF MEDICAL CARE
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CYPRUS-REDUCTION IN CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN PEACE KEEPING OPERATION


On the orders of the day:


SC

Horace Andrew (Bud) Olson

Social Credit

Mr. H. A. Olson (Medicine Hai):

I have a question for the Secretary of State for External Affairs. Yesterday I asked the Minister of National Defence whether additional contributions would be made by other NATO nations to the peace keeping operation on Cyprus as a result of what is reported to be an additional measure of support gained by the Secretary of State for External Affairs from the NATO Council. The hon. gentleman suggested that the Secretary of State for External Affairs would be here himself today and would probably be in a position to answer the question.

My specific question is, then, does this additional measure of support by the NATO Council mean that member countries will be making a larger contribution to the peace keeping operation on Cyprus, thus reducing Canada's very high share to some extent?

Topic:   CYPRUS-REDUCTION IN CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN PEACE KEEPING OPERATION
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. Paul Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs):

I do not preclude the possibility that this could take place, but I would have no justification for saying positively that this would be the result. The question of the force will come up for consideration on June 26. The mandate will then be a matter for consideration. As one country has indicated that it proposes to reduce the strength of its force I took advantage of the opportunity to make an appeal to the other countries having membership in the United Nations to share in the responsibility, of keeping the force up to its present level. Beyond that at the moment I cannot say anything which would be very helpful.

Topic:   CYPRUS-REDUCTION IN CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN PEACE KEEPING OPERATION
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SC

Horace Andrew (Bud) Olson

Social Credit

Mr. Olson:

Did any of the other nations belonging to the NATO Council make commitments that they might be able to provide additional strength for this force?

Topic:   CYPRUS-REDUCTION IN CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN PEACE KEEPING OPERATION
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LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. Martin (Essex East):

No, sir. The hon. Member will understand, of course, that in practice there has to be an agreement with the host country, as it were-in this case Cyprus-as to the participation of any proposed component.

Topic:   CYPRUS-REDUCTION IN CANADIAN PARTICIPATION IN PEACE KEEPING OPERATION
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DELAY IN REPORT OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE


On the orders of the day:


PC

Robert Simpson

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Robert Simpson (Churchill):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Secretary of State. I wonder whether the Secretary of State can inform the House whether the apparent undue delay in the receipt by the Government of the report of the Advisory Committee on Broadcasting may have been caused by the reported resignation or dismissal of the Secretary of that Committee, Mr. Sheppard.

Topic:   DELAY IN REPORT OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE
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LIB

Maurice Lamontagne (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. Maurice Lamonfagne (Secretary of Stale):

No. Mr. Speaker.

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May 14, 1965