A Dubious Prescription For Health

Posted on Sunday, April 17 at 08:00 by Anonymous
It's similar to the kind of scheme that former Alberta Social Credit premier Ernest Manning, Preston's father, pushed in the 1960s. And it is straight out of the playbook of the Fraser Institute, which has long had a true hate on for Canadian medicare. Intriguingly, Harris used to advocate user fees — until the 1995 election campaign. Then he ran and governed as a firm supporter of the Canada Health Act. I guess he's changed his mind again. Harris and Manning say Canada should form a security and customs union with the U.S. They promise details later. Essentially, they are talking about a common North American border — the kind of thing that business moguls in Tom D'Aquino's Canadian Council of Chief Executives promote. It would be easy to dismiss this "fresh vision of the future," particularly because it is so stale. But Manning's old Reformers managed to achieve many of their original aims even though they never won power. They did so by encouraging the notoriously practical Liberals to move to the right. In effect, Jean Chrétien and his then-finance minister, Paul Martin, implemented much of the Manning agenda. My guess is that this pamphlet won't help Harper much. If he's seen as a cat's-paw for Mike Harris, Preston Manning and the Fraser Institute, he'll only lose votes. But the Liberals will pay careful attention. Maybe that's what Manning is counting on. He is quite clever. source:http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1113601808961&call_pageid=970599109774&col=Columnist969907626796

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  1. Sun Apr 17, 2005 6:58 pm
    Thing is, and I know you can`t always depend on the polls, but I can`t believe that the conservatives lead in these polls. Are people that stupid? Or perhaps this is just more spin. It`s bad enough that people like Harris and Manning can make a ton of money in the private sector, and STILL want to destroy egalitarianism. We can`t let this theft happen! But I hear some of you, when you say that many people don`t care, or that their heads are stuck somewhere not seeing the clouds blocking the sunshine. Sad but true, when you begin to talk about this to people, they clam up like you`ve outed a family member or something. Then there are others who think that just because they had everything given to them, and life is good, that nothing at all is wrong. Then there`s the people who won`t vote NDP if their life depended on it simply because they`re afraid of the commie boogeyman. Then again, how can people be informed of anything if they`re watching shows like survivor, or spending most of their internet time looking up porn. I guess there are many opiates of the masses. Yes, people are doing exactly what some former teachers of mine warned against- taking their freedom for granted!

    Dave Ruston

  2. Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:30 pm
    In order to keep the fiat currency con game alive, it's important to position Canada now, whereby more items can be monitized (in this case medical assets- services and goods)

    All this in time for the US dollar/Canadian dollar and Mexican peso harmonize, around 2015.

    What we get now, and probably forever is a constant barage of disinformation to hide the true agenda.

    I for one, was an admirer of Preston Manning, but it has become clear to me that the 'cache' this man holds, is being exploited by the ruling elites, and the corporate hogswallow.

    have a good weekend Dave, i'm going for a swim

  3. Sun Apr 17, 2005 11:56 pm
    "Sad but true, when you begin to talk about this to people, they clam up like you`ve outed a family member or something. Then there are others who think that just because they had everything given to them, and life is good, that nothing at all is wrong."

    Dave, I thought you might appreciate a few stanzas from a poem by Robin Mathews, called "Living with yankee imperialism".

    Saddest to see are the Canadians-
    the very, caring best of them, who turn away,
    who change the subject anxiously
    or with a visible, raw annoyance that says,
    "if we can't be released fromt his
    Social Impropriety, then friendship, itself,
    is seriously in question".

    In drunken or depressed moments they admit all
    in a casual phrase thrown up
    from a very deep well.
    Admit, and then pull on camouflage again,
    adopt local colouration, quietly,
    or turn to annoyance once mroe, saying
    with everything but words
    the Ugly Subject is beyond the pale.

    Saddest to see are the Canadians,
    the good Canadians open to all:
    warm, liberal, sharing, wanting the good.
    To prove they live beyond the vexations
    of parochial emotions and hate,
    they welcome their closest friends
    the imperialists whom they study,
    imitate, champion, flatter, and praise.

    Now call it extreme if you like, but I propose we hit it hard, and we hit it fast, with a major, and I mean major, leaflet campaign.--Rimmer, Red Dwarf

  4. Mon Apr 18, 2005 12:31 am
    By 2015, there might not be an appetite for that. There isn't now.

  5. by hoopoe
    Mon Apr 18, 2005 4:32 am
    "It's hard to imagine that Harris had much to do with this 69-page manual, particularly since some of its prescriptions — such as those advocating decentralization of power— are directly at odds with what he did as premier.

    My guess is that his name was added to give the booklet credibility among those who might find Manning alone a little too piquant."

    I would go a step further and say that Harris' name being added to this is directly aimed at Ontarians' dissatisfaction with McGinty. From the article, I would certainaly agree that he didn't actually contribute to as an author. We can only hope that they don't go all reactionary on us and vote conservative if a spring election is called.

  6. Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:46 pm
    We won't we know Harris is a NeoCon asshole . It will take Ontario 20 years to recover from his rape and pillage policies

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