Gladys Grace Mae STRUM

STRUM, Gladys Grace Mae, B.A., B.Ed.

Personal Data

Party
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)
Constituency
Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
February 4, 1906
Deceased Date
August 15, 2005
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gladys_Strum
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=493e2ae3-dd67-4336-b8a7-b20a2866e774&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
homemaker, teacher

Parliamentary Career

June 11, 1945 - April 30, 1949
CCF
  Qu'Appelle (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 3 of 87)


April 5, 1949

Mrs. Strum:

Thank you, sir. He developed this new vaccine, which has been used on thousands of children in Europe, in mass vaccination against tuberculosis. Then in Saskatchewan we have Dr. Ferguson, who developed the tuberculosis services that led the world. Then there is Dr. Stewart of Manitoba, who has given extremely valuable services in the same field. We have the Doctors Robinson of Banff who have made such an outstanding contribution in the field of arthritis-Dr. Robinson senior and his two doctor sons. There are many others who must be nameless.

I want to emphasize again that there is a place for everyone in health insurance. There is a place for the Robinsons in the field of arthritis; there is a place for the Bantings; there is a place for people like our late Dr. Blair, who did so much in Saskatchewan in the field of cancer. Then we have great institutions of healing in our country taking part in the drive for health. At this point I want to pay tribute to the Grey Nuns hospital of Saskatchewan. It became the site of our first cancer clinic, and the facilities of that great institution were made available to the provincial government to establish a diagnostic and treatment centre. It has recently been expanded by a new wing with government assistance. This great Catholic hospital, staffed by the sisters, is now leading Canada in cancer services. I am saying this to point out that the Saskatchewan plan is not a threat to these institutions, and it is not a threat to these doctors. Rather we are organizing the resources of the communities to place at the disposal of the doctors facilities through which they can expand research, treatment, knowledge and the health which should be the birthright of every Canadian.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
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April 5, 1949

Mrs. Gladys Strum (Qu'Appelle):

I do not

wish to extend this debate, but there are certain things which should be said. I am sorry that the hon. member for Temiscouata (Mr. Pouliot) has left the chamber because I wanted to bring some new evidence before the house for his information. I am going to call this exhibit A. This is evidence of what insurance does for me. This is my hospital insurance card. Like all hon. members who come from my province, I can take this card if necessary and go to a hospital in this city

and receive medical services for 60 days at the rate of $6 per day. We can go to any place on this continent and obtain $360 worth of hospital services. The government of our province meets the cost of my hospital insurance. By pooling my premiums with those paid by all the other people in the province I am given protection anywhere in North America.

If I am in Saskatchewan I receive protection for any number of days; it is not limited to 60. I am entitled to any number of X-rays, a special diet if necessary, unlimited care for 365 days in the year if I should fall and break my back or my hip or suffer some other injury or ailment that requires extended treatment. For $25 my family is covered. My husband and I each pay $10 and then $5 is paid for our daughter who is a university student in Manitoba. If she breaks her leg skiing, as she well may,

I know that I will not get a wire asking for money to get her into a hospital. For the $5 that has been paid she would be entitled to 60 days in the best hospital in Winnipeg and receive service at the rate of $6 per day.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
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April 5, 1949

Mrs. Strum:

They get it free now.

Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
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April 5, 1949

Mrs. Strum:

This is at Kipling. We will never know how many lives that hospital will save. I repeat that it is one of the twenty-four new hospitals that had been built before June of last year. Of course, we are out of the minister's grants. We were too smart; we went too fast, so we get nothing from those grants. That is one of the penalties of leading in the field of health. Those provinces which have not yet started to build hospitals will now come in and receive grants, but we are glad they are doing that. I do not begrudge any hospital aid which may be given, even though we built our own without it.

I repeat, this is the sort of reasonable, sensible thing that sensible people should do, to supply the facilities where skilled people can reach the greatest possible number of patients. The young doctor, whom we have been fortunate enough to get, is a well trained young surgeon who took his post-graduate work in Scotland. He came to look over our proposition, just to make a call, and he has been there ever since. He was so delighted with our hospital, he just stayed.

This is the best protection that mothers and children can have. It is the best protection that families can have. It is the most democratic set-up you could have because the hospital is run by a board that is elected through the rural municipal and village councils which participate in the hospital district. This is a health centre, Mr. Speaker, and this is a unit which the people voted to join. They took a vote in their municipalities. They voted to come in themselves. They decided to do this, they support it, and they administer it through the board that is elected year by year.

What could be more democratic, what could be more useful, what could be more helpful than to cover our land with small hospitals available to rural people, and in these hospitals install the equipment and the facilities that will attract ambitious well-trained young medical men, and well-trained young nurses who wish to do their best in their profession.

Coming back to insurance, I want to exhibit again this card which gives all the people of our province medical services for 365 days a year in the province, and gives us medical care up to $6 per day for sixty days anywhere in North America. I submit this evidence for the benefit of any hon. friend who is still afraid of health insurance.

In closing I want to say that yesterday I had the privilege of reading a report on the world health organization, one of the latest agencies to be established under the United Nations. I was pleased to see that, in the

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National Health Insurance formation of the charter and the plans for world health, Canada, to quote the booklet, played a stellar role. I think it is a splendid thing that we have men who can go from Canada to lead the world back to health, but I think it is regrettable if we do not lead within Canada, and if we stop short of overall protection of our own people. We are not limited by lack of resources. We are not a poor, decimated, battle-ridden country such as Great Britain, Germany, or other countries of Europe today. We are much richer because of the war.

When people talk about what it has cost us to help Great Britain I think we should at least have the decency to admit how much it has helped us too. It gave us new industrial plants; it gave us new agricultural development; it gave us all kinds of new equipment to use to add to our potential and actual wealth. It gave us industrial knowhow that we would never have had if we had not been forced to develop it under the impetus of war. Therefore it is not financial resources that are stopping us. It is not lack of money, it is not lack of example, and I hope that it is not lack of vision. I hope that whatever the lack is we will remove it very soon and establish in every province of Canada these life-saving agencies that mean so much to the people of our country.

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Topic:   NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
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March 31, 1949

Mrs. Strum:

Will the hon. member say that the socialist country of Great Britain has many co-operatives, or that co-operatives thrive under a socialist government?

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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