Charity thy name must be New Democrat! Over the summer, the provincial party's health critic Adrian Dix called on the Campbell administration "to increase the $2-per-hour rate for on-call paramedics in remote areas and pay their training costs so large areas of the province don't have to worry about staffing shortages." This, according to a report from The Canadian Press's Scott Sutherland. And, today, Mr. Dix put out a news release noting "more than a dozen interior communities have had vacant paramedic positions for as long as four years." All of which must have pleased the Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia - the union representing those workers. But that union hasn't exactly been coozy with the New Democrats. According to Elections British Columbia, the paramedics made just one donation to the party between 2002 and 2005 worth $1,000. By comparison, over the same time period, they contributed $4,469 to the Liberals - accounting for a whopping 32 percent of the party's labour movement funding. Money well spent?
October 19, 2006