Last week, Vancouver-Fairview provincial Liberal nomination candidate Margaret MacDiarmid told us she does "believe in a strong publicly funded healthcare system. I do. Absolutely. And I can't imagine a scenario where that would change." This, in reaction to an earlier report that she told August 2005 Canadian Medical Association annual general meeting delegates that rejecting private healthcare would be "closing the door to exploring new options for meeting some of those many shocking unmet needs." Nevertheless, chances are some public healthcare advocates will be raising their eyebrows when they find out controversial Canadian Medical Association president and Cambie Surgical Centre founder Brian Day attended Dr. MacDiarmid's campaign launch reception.
August 18, 2008