UCP should emulate Lougheed on provincial rights


Calgary Herald letter-to-the-editor

Published August 21, 2017

Alberta politicians should press feds over health care

Will the next leader of the United Conservative Party, if he becomes premier, have the fortitude and tenacity of Premier Peter Lougheed who championed provincial rights over natural resources in a disagreement with Pierre Trudeau’s federal government in the early 1980s?

Health care, too, is under provincial jurisdiction, as UCP leadership candidate Brian Jean points out in his health-care platform. As expected, much of it focuses on revamping and reorganizing the current system. Jean, however, also offers the potential for the UCP to be bold and visionary and to remodel Canada’s health-care monopoly for the 21st century.

Our government-run, health-care monopoly ranks 9th of 11 countries. Jean campaigns to: “decrease wait times, reduce costs and improve outcomes by adopting other best practices used in Canada and abroad.” Significantly, all countries ahead of us have private hospitals and physicians.

As health clearly falls under provincial jurisdiction, the logical follow-through would be to call on Ottawa to respect this constitutional sanctity by ceasing to impose financial penalties under the Canada Health Act.

Ronald Kustra, Canadians for Sustainable Medicare, St. Albert

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.

Join Us. Support Us.