Following the questions
asked by the hon. member for Calgary North, I seem to recall that in past sessions we have voted $18 million or $20 million for hospital services to Indians, and reading the bill which is before us I do not see anything which would relieve the federal government of that responsibility. Without raising the question of whether the Northwest Territories are a province, or whether they could enter into an agreement or not under this bill-I assume they could-I would like to ask whether there is anything in the bill which would relieve the Department of National Health and Welfare of the responsibility which it now exercises toward the Indians with regard to hospitalization if the Northwest Territories themselves entered into an agreement?
Subtopic: AUTHORIZATION OF PAYMENTS FROM CONSOLIDATED REVENUE FUND