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The Royal Commission on Health Services

The Story

Encouraged by the widespread support for Saskatchewan's historic medicare experiment, the federal government begins to study the possibility of creating such a plan for all Canadian citizens. In 1964, the report from the Royal Commission on Health Services is tabled by Supreme Court Justice Emmett Hall. Known simply as The Hall Report, it recommends a joint federal/provincial system that would cover the costs of preventative health care services and hospital care for all Canadians.

Medium: Radio
Program: National Farm Radio Forum
Broadcast Date: Nov. 2, 1964
Guest(s): Emmett Hall
Host: Bob Carbert
Duration: 1:06
Photo Credit: Duncan Cameron / Library and Archives Canada / PA-112573, photo of Emmett Hall, June 1964

Did You know?

• Emmett Hall was a classmate of John G. Diefenbaker, Canada's 13th prime minister, at the University of Saskatchewan's Faculty of Law. The Royal Commission on Health Services was initiated by Diefenbaker in 1961.


• In 1967, Emmett Hall was the sole dissenting vote when the Supreme Court upheld the 1959 murder conviction of Steven Truscott, who was convicted and sentenced to death at age 14. Truscott was eventually acquitted of the murder in 2007.




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