BC Health Coalition

BC Health Coalition

April 28, 2011 17:35 ET

Vancouver-Point Grey Liberal Candidate Mum on Health Care: BC Health Coalition

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2011) - New premier and Vancouver-Point Grey Liberal candidate Christy Clark's refusal to attend a public all-candidates' debate on health care is cause for alarm, says the BC Health Coalition.

"Health care remains a top-of-mind issue in BC," says Rachel Tutte, BC Health Coalition co-chair. "Why does Premier Clark refuse to outline her plans for our public health care system to Vancouver-Point Grey constituents and to British Columbians?"

Tutte says that Clark also failed to respond to a January 25, 2011 BCHC letter sent to her during the BC Liberal leadership race asking for her position on two specific questions regarding health care.

"During the leadership race, Clark vowed to reduce health care spending and tie it to the rate of economic growth in the province," says Tutte. "That showed a lack of understanding about health care funding and about how important our public system is to British Columbians."

Tutte notes that Clark's comments drew fire from economists and others, who point out that the rate of economic growth is unstable and that BC is already Canada's second lowest health care spender.

The BCHC extended invitations last week to all of the candidates running in the Vancouver-Point Grey by-election. Vancouver-Point Grey Green Party candidate Francois Naude and NDP candidate David Eby both accepted the invitation.

"Clark needs to recognize that British Columbians value Medicare and want a premier who is open and transparent about their plans for our public health care system," says Tutte.

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