M997.63.257 | Health Insurance: Where the Parties Stand

Drawing, cartoon
Health Insurance: Where the Parties Stand
Normand Hudon
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.

  • What

    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.

  • Where

    The House of Commons, in the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, is where the main political debates take place.

  • When

    The debate on the federal health insurance program was a major political issue in the 1960s.

  • Who

    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.