Crisis in long-term care homes exposes the need for a new federal-provincial health accord

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Ottawa’s share of public-health care funding has fallen to 23 per cent from 50 per cent since the creation of medicare in 1966… The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the holes in the model… the Trudeau government has consistently directed a deaf ear to provincial demands for a new health care funding agreement that tackles the country’s demographic elephant in the room. It has touted plans for a national pharmacare program, though it has taken no concrete step in that direction.

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Canada’s senior-care crisis has been long in the works

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

As a country, we need to rethink how we approach long-term care from top to bottom. And we don’t have a lot of time to do it. A 2017 Conference Board study estimated that, to meet demand, Canada needs to nearly double the number of long-term care beds available to about 450,000 by 2035. We can’t afford to do it on the cheap.

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Do Canadian Conservatives even know what conservativism means any more?

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Somewhere along the way, conservatives went off track. Tax cuts, deregulation and free trade became ends unto themselves without any consideration for their consequences for working-class citizens. Inevitably, the latter revolted. The result was Donald Trump’s election to the White House in 2016 and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union… Canadian conservatism needs to be more than a carbon copy of whatever becomes of its U.S. counterpart.

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Taxing the super-rich

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

Sep. 03, 2011
… while there’s no limit to using the rich as a political punching bag, there’s a limit to taxing them. So, perhaps the debate on both sides of the Atlantic should focus on political influence. There, the rich really are different from you and me… isn’t what passes as philanthropy often just a way for the rich to advance their pet political causes? Who says the “causes” of the wealthy are always the best ones for society? The rich may be smart. But the rest of us should not be that dumb.

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Obama’s ‘we’ philosophy collides with capitalism’s ‘me’

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Jul. 09, 2010
His is a vision of a virtuous clean-energy economy nurtured by government. It is benevolent, ordered and seemingly devoid of egos, obvious wealth or crude self-interest… on the failures of Reaganomics and its Bush-era imitations, “They gave us tax cuts that weren’t paid for to millionaires that didn’t need them. They gutted regulations and put industry insiders in charge of industry oversight… and despite all their current moralizing about the need to curb spending, this is the same crowd who took the record $237-billion surplus that President Clinton left us and turned it into a record $1.3-trillion deficit.”

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