March 25, 1968

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Some hon. Members:

Agreed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ESTIMATES OF PROGRAM COSTS OF PHYSICIANS' SERVICES CALENDAR YEAR 1968 ASSUMING FEDERAL PROGRAM IN OPERATION FOR TWELVE MONTHS PER CAPITA ($)
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HEALTH AND WELFARE


On the orders of the day:


PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prince Albert):

The question I have to ask I bring to the attention of the Prime Minister because it concerns two departments. I ask him, on behalf of the Indians in Alberta and Saskatchewan, whether he will look into their grave fears that there is to be a reduction in the amount of medical aid. They rely on

treaty No. 6 which was agreed to by Governor Morris and the Indian tribes at Fort Carlton in 1876, under which the Indians were guaranteed medical treatment and drugs for all time in return for which they ceded 21,000 square miles to the crown. There is great resentment amongst them. I ask the Prime Minister if he will look into this situation because these people deserve the assurance of the Prime Minister that their rights will be preserved and protected.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE REDUCTION IN INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

I will be glad to do that, Mr. Speaker. I should hope that any commitment entered into by the crown will be maintained. I hope the Minister of National Health and Welfare will be in a position to make a statement, at the latest by tomorrow, which will remove any fear that there is to be a reduction or deterioration in medical services for the Indians.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE REDUCTION IN INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICES
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

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

Mr. Speaker, I should like to ask the Prime Minister about the letter which Premier Manning quoted in the Alberta legislature, allegedly a letter from the Prime Minister regarding the curtailment of medical services to Indians. In view of the fact that the premier of Alberta has quoted this letter publicly, I wonder whether the Prime Minister would undertake to table the letter today so we can see its contents.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE REDUCTION IN INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, I will be very glad to look into that at once. I had rather assumed that it would not be made public until the minister made a statement; but I have no complaint about that, and I do not see why it should not be tabled.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE REDUCTION IN INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICES
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NDP

Thomas Clement (Tommy) Douglas

New Democratic Party

Mr. Douglas:

A supplementary question, Mr. Speaker. With regard to the Prime Minister's statement, would the government undertake to call the national health and welfare item in the supplementary estimates today so the minister will be able to make this statement?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE REDUCTION IN INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, I have already given an assurance in general terms. Since I am informed that we are going to be here tomorrow and the minister will be here tomorrow, perhaps a statement should be given tomorrow.

March 25, 1968 COMMONS

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Sub-subtopic:   POSSIBLE REDUCTION IN INDIAN MEDICAL SERVICES
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INQUIRIES OF THE MINISTRY


On the orders of the day:


RA

Roland Godin

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Roland Godin (Porineuf):

Mr. Speaker,

I also wish to put a question to the right hon. Prime Minister.

In view of the fact that there is more and more talk of national unity, can the right hon. Prime Minister tell us whether the new interest rate on Canada bonds was set jointly by St. James Street of Montreal and Bay Street of Toronto?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES OF THE MINISTRY
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LIB

Lucien Lamoureux (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

I do not believe the question, in that form, is in order.

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Subtopic:   INQUIRIES OF THE MINISTRY
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RA

Roland Godin

Ralliement Créditiste

Mr. Roland Godin (Porineuf):

Mr. Speaker, I wish to direct a question to the right hon. Prime Minister.

In view of the fact that there was a 10 per cent increase in the salaries and expenses of the office of the Auditor General of Canada, for the year 1967-68, although the increase in national production was only 4J per cent, will the right hon. Prime Minister consider advising his successor to retain the services of a less demanding auditor?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   INQUIRIES OF THE MINISTRY
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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS


On the orders of the day:


PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. B. Nesbitt (Oxford):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Prime Minister. Can he give the house any information as to the reported large scale eruption into Laos by communist troops from North Viet Nam, as reported by Prime Minister Souvanna Phou-ma on Saturday?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LAOS-REPORTED INVASION BY COMMUNIST FORCES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

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

Mr. Speaker, we did receive such a report, and we are looking into it. I hope to be in a position to make a statement in regard to the matter tomorrow.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LAOS-REPORTED INVASION BY COMMUNIST FORCES
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PC

Wallace Bickford (Wally) Nesbitt

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Nesbitt:

Mr. Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Can the Prime Minister give an indication to the house of any reports received with regard to similar military penetration or infiltration into Cambodia and Thailand? Could he also tell us what is Canada's attitude and policy in the face of prospective communist escalation of the war into these countries on a widened scale?

DEBATES 7991

Inquiries of the Ministry

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LAOS-REPORTED INVASION BY COMMUNIST FORCES
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LIB

Lester Bowles Pearson (Prime Minister)

Liberal

Mr. Pearson:

Mr. Speaker, we are very much aware of this danger. We are also distressed at the inability of the commission to get all the information that it should be able to get in matters of this kind. I hope to be able to make a longer statement on this question tomorrow.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic:   LAOS-REPORTED INVASION BY COMMUNIST FORCES
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March 25, 1968