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History: 1939-1948 DEPRESSION DEVELOPMENTS, 1930–1939 NATIONAL SYSTEM, NATIONAL FAILURE? : WAR, RECONSTRUCTION AND HEALTH SECURITY FOR CANADIANS, 1939–1948 PUBLIC OR PRIVATE? VOLUNTARY OR COMPULSORY? : HOSPITAL CARE FOR CANADIANS, 1948–1958



Criticism and Kudos

The Special Committee on Social Security, which had all-party representation in the House of Commons, reviewed the draft legislation. During its deliberations in 1943 and 1944, the committee heard 117 briefs from such groups as the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), the Canadian Labour Congress, the CMA, the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the Canadian Life Insurance Officers Association (CLIOA), the Canadian Hospital Association (CHA) and concerned members of the public. While most of them supported the concept, they all had criticisms of the proposals. The CFA, for example, objected to doctors dominating the administrative commissions that were to be created at both the federal and provincial levels.

Photo: This chart, from the Report of the Advisory Committee on Health Insurance, shows a drop in deaths from 1931 to 1940.

Everyone was concerned about infant mortality, not just women’s groups. This chart, from the Report of the Advisory Committee on Health Insurance, shows a drop in deaths from 1931 to 1940.
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