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A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians

In the introduction (p. 6) to his 1974 Green Paper, A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians, Health Minister Marc Lalonde stated: “The Government of Canada now intends to give to human biology, the environment and lifestyle as much attention as it has to the financing of the health care organization so that all four avenues to improved health are pursued with equal vigour . . . In preparing this Working Paper, the Government . . . has been fully aware that its concern for the well-being of Canadians is shared by provincial and municipal governments. It is also aware that the provision of personal health services to the general public is clearly a matter of provincial jurisdiction. At the same time there are national health problems which know no provincial boundaries and which arise from causes deeply imbedded in the social fabric of the nation as a whole. These problems cannot be solved solely by providing health services but rather must be attacked by offering the Canadian people protection, information and services through which they will themselves become partners with health professionals in the preservation and enhancement of their vitality.” Lalonde noted that the provincial health ministers had endorsed this new approach in February 1974 and stressed that its purpose was “to stimulate interest and discussion on future health programs for Canada.”

Photo: It just isn’t a good time, Marc, to tell the voters they’re out of shape, drink and eat too much and fit for an early grave!
It just isn’t a good time, Marc, to tell the voters they’re out of shape, drink and eat too much and fit for an early grave!

Marc Lalonde’s green paper, A New Perspective on the Health of Canadians, presented in May 1974, inspired Andy Donato’s cartoon of the Liberal Cabinet members.
Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1993-169-348, e008315955. © Andy Donato.




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