M997.63.257 | Health Insurance: Where the Parties Stand
Health Insurance: Where the Parties Stand
1962, 20th century
Ink, crayon and opaque white
35 x 28 cm
Gift of Mme Arlette Hudon
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
The debate on the coming into force of a federal health insurance program aroused a range of reactions that divided Canada's main political parties.
While three federal political parties (NDP, Liberals, Social Credit) agreed on the principle of a health insurance program, but not on how to implement it, the Progressive Conservative Party clearly preferred to remain cautiously non-committal.
The House of Commons, in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, is where the main political debates take place.
The debate on the federal health insurance program was a major political issue in the 1960s.
The leaders of the four main federal political parties (Tommy Douglas, Lester B. Pearson, Robert Thompson and John Diefenbaker) stated their respective positions on the health insurance program.