For absolutely no reason, the Saskatchewan health minister is calling on Saskatchewan residents to call their relatives in Alberta and urge them to oppose Alberta's "maverick" health reforms, even though he himself notes that most of these "maverick" reforms have already been done in Saskatchewan (and we have the worst waiting lists in Canada, go figure!)
First off, it's none of Nilson's business what Alberta does with its own tax dollars. Second, why does he care? What Alberta does has nothing to do with what Saskatchewan does (which is pretty much nothing).
I'm sure it's really great for relations between our two provinces when a high-ranking Saskatchewan minister is trying to stir up political opposition in another province. Minister, mind your own failing health system.
Every government needs a strawman and, in Saskatchewan, that straw man is Ralph Klein.
Here is the amusing article from Today's Leader Post:
Saskatchewan's Health Minister is passionately asking the province's residents to lobby Albertan friends and relatives to urge policymakers to "operate as Canadians, not as mavericks" when reforming health care.
John Nilson is concerned that Premier Ralph Klein's new health care reforms, dubbed "the third way" because they fall between the existing public health-care system and a privatized one, will endanger universal medicare.
Health care in the mid-90s took a huge hit when the federal government pulled back a lot of funding, Nilson said. "We're just now getting things back into appropriate balance and I encourage Alberta to operate as Canadians and not as mavericks in the health-care system.
" . . . It's important for each and every Saskatchewan citizen to phone their relatives in Alberta and make sure that publicly in Alberta the Canadian perspective around community responsibility for health care remains at the forefront of what the policymakers are doing."Update: Venerable talk show host John Gormley has taken up this topic for most of this morning (friday)...