March 29, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)

PC

John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. DIEFENBAKER:

His people were not so advised. I think consideration should be given to the inclusion of such cases as that.
I should1 like to refer to hospitalization. In that connection I hear that so far as the men who are coming back to-day are concerned, not in great numbers but in an ever-increasing stream, there is a considerable degree of criticism of the available facilities for their hospitalization. During the last session of parliament I mentioned a place in Saskatchewan where there is mineral water that has been found very valuable in the treatment of neurological diseases. That was in the town of Manitou Lake, Watrous, Saskatchewan. I again bring this to the attention of the minister. The soldiers from Saskatchewan who have returned from overseas suffering from neurological conditions naturally would like to have an institution as near home as possible. We have the facilities at Watrous. According to scientific opinion the mineral waters there are equal to a spa. Curative benefits have been shown on a number of occasions. There is an available place there to start a hospital which was set up by the Saskatchewan government in 1931 or 1932. It could be extended. I know much benefit would come to those men suffering from these diseases.
I should like to bring a third matter to the attention of the minister in the same spirit in which he made his remarks a few minutes ago. All of us who served in the armed forces of this country in the last war are as anxious to cooperate together as any group in this house. One of the things that I will always remember, and one of the things that has most appealed to me in parliament is the wonderful spirit of fellowship that prevails among all in this parliament, irrespective of party, who had the honour of serving in the armed forces in either the last war or this one.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS
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