March 3, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

The hon. member for Parkdale sent me a copy of a question he proposed to ask. It is as follows:
At the first meeting of the social security committee on Wednesday last, when considering the draft bill of the proposed act respecting health insurance, we were informed that before finality could be reached it would be necessary to consult the provinces, especially in respect to the financial provisions of the bill.
Is the Prime Minister in a position to say whether he will be able to hold this conference in Easter week, as contemplated?
Answering both hon. gentlemen, may I say that I am not in a position to state at the moment whether it is going to be possible to hold the dominion provincial conference during Easter week. Certainly with respect to the financial provisions of any bill on health it would not be possible to have the conference take up that measure at Easter. I should say with regard to what my hon. friend from Parkdale (Mr. Bruce) refers to as a draft bill of the proposed act respecting health insurance which he indicates was before the social security committee on Wednesday last, that I understand there were certain departmental proposals respecting health insurance put before the social security committee; but no bill which has been before the social security committee has been even submitted to the government up to the present time. That was made quite clear before the social security committee. What they have been considering are certain departmental proposals respecting health insurance. Those proposals will come before the provincial governments as well as before the federal government before any bill is introduced which may or may not be based upon whatever proposals may be approved.
I Mr. A. L. Macdonnld.]

Topic:   CONFERENCE WITH PROVINCES
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO PROBABLE DATE
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