Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

June 09, 2005 16:24 ET

CANADIANS WANT MEDICARE PROTECTED, NOT PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

Supreme Court ruling ignores the shared vision of Canadians Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - June 9, 2005) - "After today's Supreme Court of Canada decision in the case of Chaoulli v. Quebec the Ontario Federation of Labour is calling on Premier McGuinty to make an immediate public commitment to a universal, accessible health care system," said Irene Harris, OFL executive vice-president.

"The ruling allows people to buy private insurance for health care services already covered by Medicare and it totally undermines the founding principles of our public health care system," Harris said. "We want the McGuinty government to confirm that the Ontario government will take any steps necessary to fight this ruling and to ensure that quality health care services in this province are available and protected so a ruling like this one in Quebec could never happen in Ontario."

"We must work to make our public health care system stronger and not open the door to profiteers who so desperately want to grab public health care money and turn a profit.

"In 2002 Canadians told the Roy Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada that they 'want their governments to work together to make Medicare better, not fight over it.'

"This Supreme Court ruling flies in the face of the shared vision and values Canadians have for the Medicare system," Harris said. "The people of Ontario want health care for all. Your bank balance shouldn't determine the state of your health or the quality of care."

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Contact Information

  • Irene Harris, OFL Executive Vice-President
    Primary Phone: 416-347-0454