Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Health, Lib.)
Mr. Speaker, it is possible to find reports, whether here or in other countries, of isolated suggestions of tests before 1986. There is no question about that. It is referred to in the Krever chronology.
The point is it was in early 1986 that experts agreed it was incumbent upon those responsible in this country to respond and to put the systems in place. They chose not to do so and the consequences were tragic. It is for that reason we have chosen that year.
There is broad support in many circles for that approach. I refer to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix editorial of this week which said that the health ministers, who had to evaluate the Krever “recommendations in the context of their ramifications on the entire health system, made a difficult but justifiable decision”.
Subtopic: Hepatitis C