Is there a doctor in the advertisement?

Last week, the provincial Liberals launched their pre-election fundraising drive by releasing a video highlighting the Campbell administration's accomplishments in three areas: the economy, the environment and aboriginal relations. But we find it somewhat curious the advertisement doesn't mention healthcare - even though the the Liberal's commitment to "initiate a province-wide conversation" on health was the centrepiece for their February 2006 speech from the throne; and despite the fact the latest Mustel Research Group Ltd. poll shows health as the top issue of concern for 24 percent of British Columbians. By comparison, the environment and the economy are the top issues of concern for just 14 and 10 percent of British Columbians, respectively. Funny that.


All too typical, that.

Critical Care Without Consent

Rob Stein - Washington Post Staff Writer - Sunday, May 27, 2007: "The [US] federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting patients' permission."

Wait, it gets worse...

"The $50 million, five-year project, which will involve more than 20,000 patients in 11 sites in the United States and CANADA, is designed to improve treatment after car accidents, shootings, cardiac arrest and other emergencies."

Now you can start to worry...

"The studies are being conducted by the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a network of medical centers that do research in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Dallas, Birmingham, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Toronto and Ottawa, and in Iowa and BRITISH COLUMBIA."

Read the whole article here:

health care might be a big concern, but it doesnt move votes. The only issue that moves votes right now is the envirionment. Aboriginal relations helps people see that Campbell has reformed. No one believes that anyone can fix the health care system, even if it is a big concern for them.

I think yeah, right is about the right response to yeah right. The idea that the environment is an issue that actually moves people from one party to another is as yet unproven. Health care has been a vote determining issue in many elections over the past forty or fifty years.

As for Campbell's new, kindler and gentler line towards Indian tribes and nations, that hasn't been tested in a general election. When it is, it will be interesting to see if some of the federal Reform voters who supported the BC Liberals in 2001 and 2005 decide to stay home. It's hard to pitch in two elections to an anti-Aboriginal backlash vote, and then reverse engines and successfully appeal to more liberal and progressive voters in the very next contest.

People are frustrated by persistent wait time problems and games around what is and is not "elective" surgeries. They very definitely do believe the problem can be fixed if the administrative problems are solved and if doctors are prevented from playing shell games that are designed to point suffering patients towards private clinics.

"As for Campbell's new, kindler and gentler line towards Indian tribes and nations, that hasn't been tested in a general election."

Indian tribes and nations, Budd?

The correct usuage is "First Nations" or
First Nations Peoples" "Indian" is Murrican usage.


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