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
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.
Topic: NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE