"We're going to this meeting to try to convince the Prime Minister and the Health Minister that they've got to do something to stop the growth of private, for-profit medicine," Mr. Layton said yesterday.
"The first step has got to be for them to agree that we actually have the growth of private, for-profit medicare and medicine in this country which clearly we do."
Mr. Layton refused to say how strong a commitment he would need from Prime Minister Paul Martin -- or how soon he would need to see action. But he stressed that he expected to see some compliance from the Liberals in the very near future.
Too bad for Layton that the public will no longer rush to the defence of the public healthcare monopoly with the same zeal that they did even just a couple of years ago. Too many people have had too many personal experiences with family members or friends deteriorating or dying while they waited for treatment to believe that the status quo must be protected at all costs.
And that would make an effective negative Tory campaign ad, would it not? "Since Paul Martin pulled the plug on healthcare reform, X number of Canadians have died waiting for treatment that could have saved their lives. They died so Paul Martin's government could live a little longer. That's what it means to die for your country in Paul Martin's Canada."
Source: Globe and Mail