That Ralph Klein, laugh a minute,
Yesterday, Mr. Klein raised a question virtually no politician in Canada ever dares broach: Why, he asked reporters rhetorically, are you free to piss away money at a casino, but you can't use it to get your mother the hip replacement she so desperately needs?
Such questions are intolerable, because they expose the underlying totalitarianism of the public health-care system. Mr. Klein will need to stifle himself; that sort of loose talk could wreck the necessary compromise.
If that compromise does founder, we're in trouble. The Canadian brand of federalism will have shown itself inadequate to the needs of the country, jeopardizing the federalist cause in Quebec.
john ibbitson, globe and mail via the monger
The weird thing about this is not that Klein is right. It is that a Globe columnist comes right out and admits that the preservation of of healthcare totalitarianism is necessary to the survival of the Canadian federation.
It is strange to live in a country where Aunt Myrna's hip replacement is a matter of constitutional significance. It is even weirder to suggest, as Ibbitson seems to, that if the one tier medical system adhering to standards exclusively set by the level of government which only pays one fifth the cost of that system is not kept exactly as it is, Quebec soverigntists may win a Referendum in 2010.
In my view, if there was ever a great argument to really fix the heathcare system and toss the Canada Health Act on the rubbish tip of history, the whole, mad, chain of events outlined by Ibbitson is it. And, if there was ever an argument for bidding Quebec a fond adieu it is the idea that we have the crappy healthcare system we do as a matter of "national unity" and to provide some ammo to the feds when people ask what exactly they are useful for.(I mean other than paying off their cronies in, er, Quebec.)