August 24, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Ian Alistair Mackenzie (Minister of Veterans Affairs; Leader of the Government in the House of Commons; Liberal Party House Leader)



With regard to my hon. friend's last question, I want to say that I think I know Shaughnessy hospital as well as anybody in Canada. If I can say it without being boastful, it is largely my own creation and is supposed to be the most efficient military hospital in the Dominion of Canada. Until recently the administrator there was George Derby, our western regional representative, one of the ablest men in the Department of Veterans Affairs. He had been twenty-seven years with the department. The present administrator is Mr. William Roaf, who distinguished himself overseas in the present war.
I do not know who the doctors were on this particular case, but the doctors at Shaughnessy are as efficient as any in the Dominion of Canada. I know that to be true. But I must tell my hon. friend that if he is making allegations of improper attention in this case I shall have a court of inquiry established at once. Of course that will take some time, and its findings will not be available for this session. But they will be available for the next session of parliament. I am absolutely satisfied in my own mind that we have as able a staff in Shaughnessy hospital as there is in any hospital in the country.

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