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Transcript of Canadian Healthcare
"The government of Canada believes that all Canadians should be able to obtain health services of high quality according to their need for such services and irrespective of their ability to pay. We believe that the only practical and effective way of doing this is through a universal, prepaid, government-sponsored scheme." NDP Member of Parliament Grace McInnis stated:
"All of us in this corner have been looking forward to getting this legislation before us because we hope, at long last, we are going to be able to turn health care from being a business for profit as it has been under private agencies, into a service for the people of Canada. (Canada, House of Commons Debates, Hansard [July 12, 1966], p. 7605)" http://www.civilization.ca/cmc/exhibitions/hist/medicare/medic-5h23e.shtml Analyses of the Documents These citations from the different members of parliament describes the significant push for universal health care. It also displays how in support of medicare the NDP's and the Liberals were. These articles are relevant to the passing of the Canadian Health Care Act because it shows what a major issue it was in the House of Commons.
The political cartoon displays the attitude of both the public and the anti-medicare lobby when Finance Minister and Acting Prime Minister Mitchell Sharp announced that medicare would have to be either abolished or put on hold due to the state of Canada’s economy. There is obvious bias in this illustration; it was drawn by someone who supports what the people wants and somewhat defies that decisions of the government. Political cartoon by George Shane, 1966. Interview For this section of the project, I will pretend to be interviewing Lester B. Pearson, the man who established universal health care in Canada.
Me: So Lester, when did you first think of implementing Tommy Douglas's system of health care across Canada?
Him: After I had seen what a success it was, I figured that it was time Canada got with the program, and followed the same route that Saskatchewan took.
Me: What made you think it would work?
Him: I didn't know it would work. But I believed that our strong government could allow it to happen... medicare is still at a very delicate stage, but I feel that it does have the potential to be great.
Me: Were you worried what the doctors would say, and how they would respond?
Him: Yes, yes I was. I know practitioners are still finding problems with it. There's always the threat of work action and protesting, but what everyone needs to remember is that it's all for the better of our society.
Me: Do you believe that our universal health care is a primary factor of Canadian identity?
Him: Hmm.. I do believe that. With this being said, we have to remain respectful, and make sure that arrogance is not a trait we develop.
Me: Well do you feel that it gives us a sense of superiority? I've spoken with many Canadians who think that we're better than Americans just because we have medicare.
Him: You could say that, but there are places where the United States has us beat. We just need to focus on our own issues, and to improve anything that has the capability of being improved.
Me: Thank you for your time, Mr. Prime Minister!
Him: Gladly, I'm always happy to answer questions about our great country.
THE END By: Audrey C.