Vote for the NDP and we can have a parallel private health system. Add in the Chaoulli Supreme Court Decision and we can purchase private health insurance, just like in Sweden. Sounds great! Oh oh, I think I just broke election gag laws.
Vancouver — NDP Leader Jack Layton, who spent the last Parliament rallying against the growth of private health care, said yesterday that he is not concerned with private clinics as long as they do not receive public money.
Mr. Layton delivered a speech in Vancouver yesterday accusing the Liberals and Conservatives of failing to protect Canada's public health-care system and pointed to the rise of private clinics across the country.
But when asked afterward about the specifics of his position, Mr. Layton suggested an NDP government would not do anything to stop such clinics provided they are 100-per-cent private.
"That's not our concern. What I've said is we would stop the flow of public money to the Copeman clinic," he said.