Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Why the Conservatives don't have my vote

From today's National Post letters, HT PMcK:

Re: Where’s Leadership On Health Care?, editorial, June 11.

Your editorial questions the reaction of Stephen Harper to the Supreme Court decision on private insurance and private health care in the province of Quebec. Mr. Harper and the Conservative party rightly place the blame for the current state of our health care system on the shoulders of Paul Martin and the Liberal party.

The reality is that the Liberal party broke the system; now it is forced to live with the consequences. Paul Martin’s $25-billion in cuts to health care spending in the 1990s downloaded health care costs on the backs of provinces and patients. His party doubled wait times for essential medical procedures and created inordinate delays in access.

The Conservative party supports the Canada Health Act and our universally accessible, publicly funded system. We are committed to ensuring that there is a strong system of public health insurance in this country. We have consistently stated that no Canadian should ever be denied necessary medical service because of their inability to pay.

We have been clear about where we stand. The Liberal government has failed to reassure Canadians that it knows how to protect public health care in Canada. Paul Martin has failed to provide his so-called “fix for a generation,” and failed Canadians in the process.

Steven Fletcher, Official Opposition Health Critic, Ottawa.
Ayn Rand:
1. In any conflict between two men (or two groups) who hold the same basic principles, it is the more consistent one who wins.

2. In any collaboration between two men (or two groups) who hold different basic principles, it is the more evil or irrational one who wins.

3. When opposite basic principles are clearly and openly defined, it works to the advantage of the rational side; when they are not clearly defined, but are hidden or evaded, it works to the advantage of the irrational side.

-- "The Anatomy of Compromise," Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal