Vive Le Canada

The Deception about Canada's inability to fund our once proud Medical care syste
Date: Thursday, January 12 2006

In his 1995 budget, as Finance Minister Paul Martin, current leader of the Liberal party, slashed federal health care transfers to the provinces by $25 billion dollars. In1995 he was congratulated by the head of the World Bank for his progress in reducing government intervention in the economy of Canada. On May 25, 2004, Paul Martin proposed a $9 billion-plus program for health care. (The Globe and Mail, May 26, 2004)

On being accused of having caused the current crisis in health care funding by slashing funding in his budgets, Paul Martin said, "The fact is that we had to do that. And I don't back down from that one bit. If we had not taken the action that we did in 1995, we would be Argentina today." (The Globe and Mail, May 26,2004 p.A6)

What kind of admission is that ? And what does it really mean? It tells us that Paul Martin is a willing participant and major player in the international financial regime being imposed on the world by the IMF, (International Monetary Fund) and by the World bank. It tells us that he is submitting Canada to the regime of "structural adjustments"- the process of removing government from its role in the economy- and "privatization"- the process of wholesale sellout of public assets and government responsibilities.

Since 1995 the Liberal government has progressively starved our medical system of necessary funding while simultaneously permitting a disinformation attack on our public health care system which attack promotes a "private system." In the process, communities across Canada are losing their publicly built and paid for hospitals. Some are being sold for a pittance of their value to private interests. Other publicly built hospitals sit idle and empty waiting for sale. Some like a wing of Vancouver's General Hospital have a large publicly paid for expensive addition fitted with expensive equipment, but unstaffed and unused. Private special operating clinics from eye surgery to hip replacements are popping up over Canada even though they contravene the principles of our once proud medical system which disallowed privatization. Now, the rich can avoid the waiting lists and possible deaths which have now become the unnecessary fate for too many Canadians.

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