I am sure the people will be glad to see that the government has been forced by public opinion to come forward with a better balanced program than the piecemeal type of program to which they have gradually added from time to time in the past.
Obviously we cannot discuss the details of this new program now. This is the first we have heard of it, However, in regard to one of the features of it, particularly, I wish to 5849-250
compliment the Prime Minister. I refer to the financial aid which the government proposes to give in the construction of hospitals. I think that is one of the weakest links in our present social security program.
Judging from what the Prime Minister has had to say, I gather that he must have been reading the social security program which was approved and passed at the last annual meeting of the Progressive Conservative party, because many aspects of the program announced today are in exact conformity with what was passed about a month ago by that convention.
Subtopic: GRANTS TO PROVINCES-STATEMENT WITH RESPECT TO HEALTH INSURANCE AND SOCIAL SECURITY