'Left, right or centre, Canadians want public healthcare': Maude Barlow

| January 16, 2012

On January 15, 2012, the eve of the premiers' conference on health care (the Council of the Federation), the NDP hosted a roundtable dialogue on the future of medicare with key civil society and NGO advocates. Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East and NDP Health Critic and Deputy Leader, and Council of Canadians Chairperson Maude Barlow took a few minutes to speak about the premiers' conference and the future of medicare.




It will be interesting to watch how the Harper government continues to handle Canada's health care transfers. As shown here, Stephen Harper has repeatedly stated that he believes that Canada's single tier health care system is not necessarily what is really best for Canadians:




At least he's stubbornly consistent in his viewpoint.


Roy Romanow waxed nostalgic about the days when Pierre Trudeau met with the premiers in televised meetings where he insisted on attaching conditions to transfer payments. Romanow is right. If not the premiers are going to reform medicare the way Harper wants with private sevice delivery, user fees and the like. What the NDP has to insist on is that not only should funding be increased, but that privatisation and user fees be halted. That means enforcing the National Health Act. Medicare is a national program, a national institution. It's not within the sole jurisdiction of the provinces.  

activism...and a national campaign that informs...so that the 94% can raise a little hell at Harpers doorstep...

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