April 10, 1957 (22nd Parliament, 5th Session)

LIB

Paul Joseph James Martin (Minister of National Health and Welfare)

Liberal

Mr. Martin:

Yes, my hon. friend is quite right. I think there is nothing further for me to say on this bill, except that the wide measure of discussion in this house indicates the value of this proposal. It represents a very important step in Canada for us to embark on this particular kind of program;
Health Insurance
it is a program that arises out of the efforts, not of any one group but it is the product of many people of this country. I think, for instance, at the moment, of Dr. Fred Jackson an officer in my department who at this time is very ill, and one of the great men of this country. Dr. Jackson has had so much to do with this proposal, as have many others throughout the country. It is the result of co-operation between the provinces and the federal government and it is a proposal which I think will rank as the foremost of the steps taken by this house in the field of health and welfare. I am grateful for the strong measure of support given in principle to this bill, a bill which I know will mean much to the welfare and good health of the people of this country.

Topic:   HEALTH INSURANCE
Subtopic:   AUTHORIZATION OF PAYMENTS FROM CONSOLIDATED REVENUE FUND
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