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Green Book Proposals

The Green Book proposals were introduced on August 6 at the 1945 Dominion–provincial conference as the federal government’s overall design for post-war reconstruction in Canada. Among other initiatives, the proposals introduced a plan for comprehensive social security, including measures to promote full employment, contributory social insurance plans and universal public health insurance. The proposals presented the provinces with four kinds of financial aid to enable them to deliver health services to their citizens: “1. Grants for Planning and Organization; 2. Health Insurance; 3. Health Grants; 4. Financial Assistance in the Construction of Hospitals” (Malcolm G. Taylor, Health Insurance and Canadian Public Policy: The Seven Decisions That Created the Canadian Health Insurance System and Their Outcomes [Montréal and Kingston: McGill–Queen’s University Press, 1987], p. 3). Although the proposals were not adopted in 1945 due to federal–provincial disputes over constitutional jurisdiction and revenue sharing, they made federally funded, provincially administered health services appear attractive, necessary and possible.

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