Mr. J. P. HOWDEN (St. Boniface):
Mr. Speaker, on January 29, I asked the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) the following question:
Mr. Speaker, is the government aware of the action taken recently by the medical profession of the city of Winnipeg with respect to medical services formerly afforded families on relief? If so, in the event of other means failing, will they intercede on behalf of these people and see that they are afforded proper medical services.
I received this answer from the Prime Minister:
Mr. Speaker, representatives of the medical profession met me in Ottawa some weeks ago, and later a communication was sent to them indicating that there was no reason to believe that the provinces would not discharge their constitutional duties with respect to the health of their citizens. That point has been stated and restated so often it is difficult to understand why a question should be asked with respect to it.
Recent conditions locally, particularly in the city of Winnipeg, indicate that the provincial government of Manitoba has declined to share any portion of the burden of medical attention to these families on relief. May I therefore restate my question to the Prime Minister and ask if the government is prepared to intercede on behalf of these people and see that they are given reasonable medical attention?
Subtopic: MEDICAL SERVICES IN CITY OF WINNIPEG