Hon. J. W. Monleiih (Minister of National Health and Welfare):
I wish to thank the hon. member for having given me notice of this question. The federal legislation requires that the insured services provided must be made available to all residents of the province. This does not mean that insurance must be compulsory for all persons in the province. However, under the agreements concluded to date, all provinces with the exception of the province of Ontario have made their programs compulsory for all residents. Ontario has a compulsory requirement for a large sector of the population, and makes the services available to the remaining residents on a voluntary basis. In concluding any agreement with a province we would, of course, expect some assurance that a large proportion of the population would be covered by the program as was the case in Ontario.
In regard to the question whether the program must cover the entire province, it of course goes without saying that if the program is universally available to all residents it cannot be limited to one sector or region of a province.
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR STATEMENT ON CONDITIONS GOVERNING FEDERAL GRANTS