Lewis Mackenzie BRAND

BRAND, Lewis Mackenzie, B.A., M.D.

Personal Data

Party
Progressive Conservative
Constituency
Saskatoon (Saskatchewan)
Birth Date
November 21, 1925
Deceased Date
February 15, 1994
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Brand
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=8b42de8f-57c0-4baa-8400-867d5cb7f485&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
physician, surgeon

Parliamentary Career

November 8, 1965 - April 23, 1968
PC
  Saskatoon (Saskatchewan)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 54)


March 11, 1968

Mr. L. M. Brand (Saskatoon):

On February 8 I addressed a question to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development asking whether he had received letters of protest from certain medical authorities in Saskatchewan regarding actions by officials of the department of Indian affairs in making arbitrary and long distance medical decisions contrary to those made by the local doctors with respect to treating Indians in connection with medical sterilization and the use of contraceptive pills.

Quite properly, the minister pointed out at that time that I should have addressed my 27053-473|

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Proceedings on Adjournment Motion question to the Minister of National Health and Welfare within whose purview the question of the health of Indians comes. However, I should like to point out that I deliberately addressed the question to the minister of Indian affairs because it seemed inconceivable to me that decisions affecting Indians and the manner in which they are treated should be made unilaterally by the Department of National Health and Welfare, without consultation with the minister of Indian affairs.

Needless to say, when this matter was brought to my attention I was very perturbed about two factors in particular, first that there should be bureaucratic interference with bona fide medical decisions and, second, that there should be an attempt by the department, whichever it was, to control Indians-to consider them as some sort of imbecile ward of a government department.

The question came to my mind whether we were encouraging the Indian people toward self-determination by acting in this way, and whether this bureaucratic interference with valid medical decisions should be permitted. In support of my statement I have here a copy of a letter from the Department of National Health and Welfare in which, after a reference to the sterilization of two particular native people who are mentioned, the following appears:

Sterilization for Indians is not condoned as a directorate policy, nor is the routine use of contraceptive device or pill. However, with certain medical grounds contraceptive techniques are allowed under physician guidance.

It is true there are valid medical reasons for sterilization, apart from any policy which might be laid down by a bureaucratic administration. For example one could mention chronic disease, such as kidney disease or tuberculosis where further pregnancies would exacerbate the disease, and where there are several children in the family and it was felt sterilization should be carried out. And there are many gynaecological reasons for precluding further pregnancies unless grave risk to the mother is accepted.

The use of the contraceptive pill may also be justified for valid and cogent medical reasons, not just for the social reasons which we have all come to understand. Today we seem to be asking for self-determination for our Indian people, the development of a spirit of self reliance so that they can look after themselves and play their part to the full in our society because, after all, they are the true

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Proceedings on Adjournment Motion founding people of this country. Accordingly, it seems to me this interference with valid medical decisions should be ended and that Indians should be given freedom to make decisions for themselves under proper medical guidance.

I would be very interested in hearing either from the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Mr. Laing), who I know has a sympathetic regard for this sort of problem, or from the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of National Health and Welfare (Mrs. Rideout), to see whether or not this policy is going to be reversed, and what are the plans of the departments to look after what to me appears to be a very serious problem.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS-SASKATCHEWAN-MEDICAL DECISIONS AFFECTING STERILIZATION AND CONTRACEPTIVES
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February 14, 1968

1. Does the External Aid Office have requirements that services and material procured by this program have an 80% Canadian content?

2. How successful has the External Aid Office been in obtaining pharmaceuticals with an 80% Canadian content?

3. What measures and methods are used to satisfy an 80% Canadian content for pharmaceuticals if such is required by the External Aid Office?

4. Have any purchases been made by the External Aid Office which indicate that buying pharmaceuticals with an 80% Canadian content would provide a saving to the Canadian taxpayer?

5. Have expenditures been made by the External Aid Office meeting the above suggested requirements which have in fact entailed greater expenditures than if expenditures had been made on other pharmaceuticals presently on the Canadian market?

6. Have any plans been made to meet the proposed changes in the Patent Act and the Trade Marks Act in relation to the importation of pharmaceuticals which are entirely of non-Canadian manufacture?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN CONTENT OF PHARMACEUTICALS FOR EXTERNAL AID
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February 9, 1968

Mr. L. M. Brand (Saskatoon):

I have a question for the Minister of National Health and Welfare. In view of the action taken recently by the food and drug administration of the United States in removing the generic imitations of Chloromycetin from the market because they apparently did not give satisfactory results on patients tested with these drugs, I wonder if the minister can inform the house what action is being taken by the food and drug administration of this country to prevent the importation or use by consumers of similarly inferior products.

Topic:   SYDNEY. N.S.-ADDITIONAL FEDERAL ASSISTANCE RESPECTING STEEL PLANT
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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February 8, 1968

Mr. Brand:

On the contrary. I should like to point out that this decision was made in a directive from the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SASKATCHEWAN-MEDICAL DECISIONS RESPECTING STERILIZATION AND CONTRACEPTIVES
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February 8, 1968

Mr. Brand:

Mr. Speaker, if I could speak very boldly to the matter of urgency, medical decisions on sterilization in some instances can be extremely urgent, particularly if there is disease present and the danger of one of nature's propensities becoming evident. If we have to wait for the time it will take the

February 8, 1968

minister to answer a question on the order paper I am afraid I do not know what will happen.

Topic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
Subtopic:   SASKATCHEWAN-MEDICAL DECISIONS RESPECTING STERILIZATION AND CONTRACEPTIVES
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