Doing the right thing and doing it right

I saw this in a story in the Ottawa Sun a few days ago: "The province will invest more than $8.4 million to expand home and community care in Ottawa this year, half of that for The Ottawa Hospital’s YouCare@Home program ... [and] ... The announcement Friday by Merrilee Fullerton, minister of long-term care and a former … Continue reading Doing the right thing and doing it right

We have a spending problem

I apologize, in advance, for a long post full of numbers and charts and economic jargon, but all this ties back to something I said a few days ago: "I am, personally, disappointed that Andrew Scheer has come out as something approaching a big government Conservative. I had hoped that he might put restoring some fiscal … Continue reading We have a spending problem

800-pound gorillas (3)

I have been arguing, since the early days of this blog, February 2016 to be exact, that health care spending is going to destroy Canada. Put simply: We cannot afford the system we have; The system we have is broken; and No one wants to discuss a rational system. Canadians love their healthcare system. About … Continue reading 800-pound gorillas (3)

A warning and a challenge

Liberal heavy-weight Scott Reid, in an article in the Globe and Mail that has been widely linked to and commented upon on social media, says that, as a result of the Jane Philpott/SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson- Raybould affair, "Mr. Trudeau has been remade into a mere mortal, a regular old politician – as someone concerned with the … Continue reading A warning and a challenge

It’s time to repeat a warning

So, amidst the bit of fuss, earlier this month, about British Columbians' pretty firm rejection of the Green/NDP notion of electoral reforms ~ which, to be fair, got a helluva lot further than Justin Trudeau managed to push his promise ~ the BC Auditor General has issued a warning about the growing costs of health … Continue reading It’s time to repeat a warning

Congratulations …

... to Premier (elect) Doug Ford and the progressive Conservative Party of Ontario ... ... I take you at your word, sir, that you want to govern Ontario "for the people."  "We, the people," have one big, Big, BIG problem: governments, of all stripes, spend too much money and accomplish too little. Ontario remains, despite … Continue reading Congratulations …

Some further (maybe not helpful) musings on health care

A couple of years ago I commented on the 800 pound gorillas that are in each (provincial) living room in Canada: "health care costs continue to grow inexorably, they eat a greater and greater and greater share of provincial budgets, crowding out e.g. education and infrastructure (road and bridge) maintenance, and, effectively, weakening the economic … Continue reading Some further (maybe not helpful) musings on health care