June 28, 1956 (22nd Parliament, 3rd Session)


John George Diefenbaker

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Diefenbaker:

Possibly the minister
could clarify it in this way, because to read 2(a) with 3(a) is to muddle any person who believes in careful language in definitions. Would the minister give an example of the kind of institution which would be operated under 3(a)? He indicated that there was one in British Columbia and possibly in some other province. It does seem that whoever drafted this did not himself clearly understand the meaning of section 8(a) of the draft agreement, now schedule A. The wording is almost the same as in 2(a), except that it says "payment to or on behalf of persons who are inmates of homes for special care".
What persons do receive any assistance because they are in homes for special care? What is the nature of the legislation in existence in any province that allows a person who is not in a general convalescent hospital, or in a sanatorium, a mental institution, an institution for incurables and the like, to qualify? What are the institutions; what is the nature of the institution; what is the qualification for payment to that institution; because the payment to that institution must be made by the province or by the municipality.

In an ordinary rest home a person pays for his or her keep. In these rest homes, or these convalescent homes, or homes similar to those referred to by the hon. member for Lanark and the hon. member for Winnipeg South Centre, ordinarily the individual pays; but apparently there are some institutions in existence in which people who are not sick, mentally afflicted, or do not have tuberculosis and the like, may be placed, and payment is made either by the province or by the municipality. Will the minister outline under what legislation provision is made for such an arrangement, because on the face of it these two sections look as incomprehensible as faulty draftsmanship could possibly achieve.

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