Harry LEADER

LEADER, Harry

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)
Birth Date
March 10, 1880
Deceased Date
May 9, 1946
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Leader
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=31caaca0-4621-41f8-bfe9-f6857896dea1&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
exporter, farmer, rancher

Parliamentary Career

December 6, 1921 - September 5, 1925
PRO
  Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)
October 14, 1935 - January 25, 1940
LIB
  Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)
March 26, 1940 - April 16, 1945
LIB
  Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)
June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
LIB
  Portage la Prairie (Manitoba)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 6 of 156)


July 14, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

On a point of order, Mr. Chairman, may I say that I made a statement at Portage la Prairie and I make it here, that the medical committee of the national research council is developing monopolistic tendencies, and I am prepared to prove it. If it is not the wish of the committee that I should do so, I will say no more.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   CREATION OF DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE
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July 14, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I wish to give some evidence to prove the statement I made that the medical committee of the research council has developed monopolistic tendencies. Most members, perhaps all, have read in the Ottawa Citizen articles written by R. E. K. Pemberton. These were reprinted by permission of News of Toronto, and I quote the following:

Recent discussions in News have highlighted the fact that organized medicine, at least in the United States, can be a menace to public health. To how many will it be news that similar conditions prevail in Canada? This is the truth, and it is a truth much more harmful than merely hateful. It may mean unnecessary sickness and premature death for very many among us-perhaps you or me, or one of our children or more. Much is very wrong right here, and right now, even in Canada, even in Ontario. I write, of course, as a layman; not as a technical expert in any field . . . experts, by the way, are often wrong, and sometimes silly; it is for you and me to use them, not to be ruled by them; to weigh them against each other; to be, as democrats, their masters, not their slaves.

In a succeeding article the same writer deals with the Davidson cancer treatment at Winnipeg, and he draws to the attention of his readers the fact that the Kiwanis club of Winnipeg saw fit to appropriate $2,500 to help Doctor Davidson in his research work. He tells of a mass meeting held at Portage la Prairie, and about a resolution passed there asking for a full and fair investigation into Doctor Davidson's work. Evidently this writer, of whom I know nothing, is imbued with the suspicion, if not belief, that a monopoly does exist in the medical profession. I want to submit some evidence which I also submitted at Portage la Prairie. May I tell you that when the committee was sitting on social security-I refer to No. 22,' held on Wednesday, June 16, 1943-the medical committee of the research council was represented by Surgeon Commander C. H. Rest, the opening paragraph of whose statement reads- and listen to this evidence, because it should be irrefutable:

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: The associate committee on medical research, of the national research council, wish to lay before the special committee on social security of the House of Commons, evidence that the national research council should be entrusted with the direction of any medical research program which

fMr. McGeer.]

will spring from the application of a national health insurance act.

Surely, Mr. Chairman, that is sufficient evidence. Now I want to say something in reference to what I said the other day. I am quoted in the Journal as saying that the member for Renfrew South (Mr. McCann) is mentioned as a possible minister of this new department of health which we are creating. That is all they say about it. If they had printed all my remarks I would not have said anything about it here. With all due respect to the hon. member for Renfrew South, I wish to say that if I were making the choice of a minister for this new department of national health, he would not be the one I woujd choose. If I were to make the choice-I do not think the government will grant me that privilege-I would choose a minister from the hon. members sitting nearer to me than the hon. member for Renfrew South. I just want to say that by the way. I have no fault to find with the newspapers, but sometimes they print these little articles which do not tell the whole story. This particular article seems to imply that I would support the hon. member for Renfrew South as minister of national health. I just want to make it plain to my hon. friend the member for Renfrew South and to all hon. members that he has not my support as a possible minister for this department.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   CREATION OF DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE
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July 14, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

I might reply to the hon. member by saying that at one time the government of Manitoba did expect the dominion government to make a grant in order that the medical faculty of the university of Manitoba might undertake an investigation. That investigation was not to be a sham. It was to cost money, because they were going to summon witnesses. It was the intention to call people who had taken treatment from Doctor Davidson and had been helped or cured, and to call other patients who had not been helped. It was going to take some money, but they expected to get this grant and they were prepared to go on with the work. The premier of Manitoba, with that in mind, said that it would not be within their responsibility to make a grant until this investigation had taken place. But the investigation has not taken place. I want to say in the shortest possible way that I do not think any action is going to be taken. I hope I may be pleasantly surprised and find that I am wrong in that assumption. If this government fails and if the Manitoba government fails, they will have to answer to the people; I am sure of that.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   CREATION OF DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE
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July 14, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

It was not the doctors of

the department. I do not know whether the minister is aware of this case, but certainly the man was refused treatment. I will not say that it was the department that said it; perhaps it was said at Deer Lodge hospital. At any rate, that is the situation. There is red tape that must be cut and a new arrangement must be made before we can get definite results. The minister mentioned my name and said that I knew what the government had done. There is truth in that, because I have kept myself posted on the progress that has been made in the investigation of Doctor Davidson's work. What the minister says is

true. His department has tried to do something, but, as he has himself said, they are powerless on account of the British North America Act. Well, this parliament is supreme; if it is not, we are a nonentity. This is the last court of appeal in the dominion and, if authority is required to change the British North America Act, I am sure Great Britain would be very glad to accede to our request. I am not afraid that if a vote were taken in this house to-day every member would vote that we should find some means of getting around the British North America Act so that the dominion might be enabled to make a grant to the provinces to carry on this work.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   CREATION OF DEPARTMENT FOR MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE
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July 13, 1944

Mr. LEADER:

May I offer a word in connection with what the hon. member has just 6aid in allowing deductions for medical services incurred outside Canada? I have much respect for the hon. member, but what he has said strengthens my belief that we have a monopoly at the top of our medical associations in Canada. The hon. member is an experienced surgeon and he is mentioned as the possible minister in charge of the new department we are to create. I am sure he will perform his duties with credit to himself and the nation. However, he has declared on the floor of this house that he is opposed to any additional investigation into Doctor Davidson's work at Winnipeg, and he now gets up and tells us that there should be no deductions allowed from income tax for medical services incurred outside of Canada.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic:   INCOME WAR TAX ACT
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