M965.199.828 | "Of Course There Are a Few Details to Be Hammered Out".

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Drawing, cartoon
"Of Course There Are a Few Details to Be Hammered Out".
John Collins
1966, 20th century
Ink, graphite and opaque white on card
37 x 30.1 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

The drawing of a coffin being closed up with boards representing the provinces illustrates the uncomfortable position of Lester B. Pearson's minority government as it fought for survival in trying to win support for its federal health insurance program.

  • What

    The struggle for the backing of the provinces was the main challenge Pearson faced on this issue, with some provinces seeing the federal health insurance program as an unwanted intrusion in their area of responsibility.

  • Where

    By securing the support of British Columbia and Prince Edward Island, Pearson won himself a little more room to manoeuvre.

  • When

    July 1, 1967, Canada's centennial celebration day, was the date set for the coming into force of the federal health insurance program, which had been passed by the government in late 1966.

  • Who

    Liberal Party leader Lester B. Pearson was prime minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968.