April 1, 1998 (36th Parliament, 1st Session)


Allan Rock


Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Health, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, what all the governments of Canada have done, all governments of all political affiliation, is apply a single principle. That single principle is that public intervention to offer assistance is appropriate when it can be identified that at a point during the chronology something could have been done by those responsible to change the outcome.
The hon. member should think through the implications for the publicly funded health care system if we are to adopt the principle that everyone who is harmed, regardless of any circumstance, will be compensated.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Hepatitis C
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