Fixing health care is high priority for Canadians

Canadian Voters say managing the economy in tough times (76%), fixing health care (73%) and creating jobs (73%) are absolutely crucial policy planks for parties to address to win their vote in the October 19 federal election. Tories had the edge on economy, NDP on health care, but creating jobs was up for grabs.

Canadian voters have outlined the election policy planks that they consider absolutely crucial for a party to have a clear plan on and be committed to in order to influence how they will vote, according to an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News and released by Ipsos August 16.

Rising to the top of the list was “managing the economy in tough economic times” with 76% of voters saying it’s “absolutely crucial” to know where the parties stand on this policy before determining how they will vote.

Tied for second were “addressing the problems facing Canada’s health system’” (73%) and “creating jobs” (73%). Two in three (64%) say it’s absolutely crucial to know where a party stands on “helping Canadians deal with the rising cost of living,” placing it in fourth position. Rounding out the top five is “making sure our communities are safe from crime,” with a majority (54%) believing this policy is absolutely crucial in helping to determine their vote.

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Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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