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Fournier Jumps Ship – Albertans to Pay for Medical

Fournier Jumps Ship – Albertans to Pay for Medical

Much has been said recently about the “anti-terrorism” Bill C-51 that is currently being debated in the House of Commons.

I have been quite vocal about the fact that I oppose this Bill, but I haven’t gone into a lot of detail as to why. I think it is important for my fellow conservatives to understand that this is not a partisan issue. Just because it is mainly the NDP and the Green Party who have spoken out against it doesn’t mean that conservatives shouldn’t have grave concerns as well. My concerns are well-founded, and they are based on personal experience.

Many of the critics of this Bill have referred to cases where environmental and First Nations activists have discovered that they were targeted and spied upon by government agencies, and the point has been made that Bill C-51 would only make it easier for the government to spy on and “disrupt” non-criminal, non-terrorist Canadian citizens.

Now, I’m going to be perfectly forthright here and talk to my fellow conservatives who, perhaps, take these allegations with a grain of salt, or feel that there might be some justification in having the government keep on eye on the “lefties”, anyway. This Bill is so open-ended that it can be used by any future government to spy on and “disrupt” any citizen for virtually any reason.

Albertans to Pay for Medical

The president of the Alberta Medical Association says the province should consider bringing back health premiums.
In a year-end letter to physicians, Dr. Richard Johnston says the government must ensure that the health system has stable funding.
He says the system is hobbled by poor planning, including unpredictable funding, due in part to the Alberta government’s dependence on resource revenues.
Johnston says a sustainable, predictable source of revenue is required, whether it be a reintroduction of health premiums or some other means.
The government cancelled health premiums in 2009, which brought in about $1 billion a year to provincial coffers, to make good on an election promise.
At the time premiums cost families about $1,056 a year and single Albertans paid half that amount.

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