Prior to the approval of the revised legislation for a health insurance plan, however, several significant political developments occurred. In January 1944, the Cabinet agreed to support family allowances as the central plank in its social welfare program and to delay health insurance until an opportunity arose to discuss the matter with the provinces at a Dominion–provincial conference. This strategy was developed by the Department of Finance, which had concluded that putting purchasing power in the hands of Canadian women would ensure a smooth transition to a peacetime economy, as pent up demand for consumer goods aided the transformation from the war economy and maintained full employment. Thus, although Minister Mackenzie presented the revised health insurance plan to his provincial counterparts in May 1944, the Prime Minister and Cabinet were more intent on countering the emerging political threat of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation than in overseeing the full development of welfare programs. The election of Tommy Douglas and the CCF as the government of Saskatchewan on June 15, 1944 confirmed Mackenzie King’s fears that Canadian voters were shifting to the left, but he was still not prepared to infringe on provincial jurisdiction in health care.