“My family uses the public health-care system!” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said when he was being accused of wanting to privatize the system.
“In fact at one point during the last election campaign I was the only national leader who would use exclusively the public health-care system. That’s the system we’ve got to fix for everybody and we’re making important investments.”
Wait a minute.
The moderator cut in.
“That sounded like a shot,” he said. “What is that a reference to?”
The leaders then argued over who uses the public system, whether a private clinic is part of the public system if it is paid for by the health-care card and who had taken a cheap shot at whom.
The name of Medicare founder Tommy Douglas was dropped once or twice.
Harper finally settled things by saying he had been the victim of the cheapest shot.
“You just accused me of wanting to destroy the health-care system in this country!” he said.
They moved on.
- Joanna Smith