February 12, 1934 (17th Parliament, 5th Session)

CON

Murray MacLaren (Minister of Pensions and National Health)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

No. The understanding at the outset was that the federal government would make a contribution, and it was a very substantial one, for a number of years, with the object of putting the matter in operation and supporting the organization.
In reference to child welfare, the department of health keeps in close touch with the child welfare association. One of its aims is to further the care of maternity cases, of mothers, infants and children, and this cooperation has advanced in the last year so that there is now a special connection between the Department of National Health and the child welfare organization. That is something which I believe will lead to increased efficiency, and hon. gentlemen will have the opportunity of hearing more about it when the estimates are under consideration.
Quarantine and immigration come under the jurisdiction of the federal department of health, in order that the government may protect the health of Canadians by preventing the admission of serious infectious dise'ases. The officers of that department, so far as immigration is concerned, are responsible for seeing to it that only those who are healthy and free from disease are admitted to this country. I trust I have given some examples of the really important work carried on by the department and affecting the whole of Canada.
I am afraid that the government will not be able to support the resolution, which is similar to the previous one asking that the matter be referred to a committee for report. The government is responsible for the efficient and satisfactory administration of the department of health. I do not know the views of the mover of the resolution, but it seems to me to be desirable in a matter of this land that the motion should not be pressed to a vote. I trust he will view the matter in that way. In any case, however, the government will not be able to accept the motion.

Topic:   FEDERAL HEALTH POLICY
Subtopic:   COOPERATION WITH PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS- PROPOSED REFERENCE TO INDUSTRIAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE.
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