Sunday, April 23

Friends of Medicare, GST & the budget

As you might guess I'm keeping busy with work and the various committees and now the yard needs attention. Also, been busy on the 'Friends of Medicare' (FOM) campaign, getting signatures to help pressure the Alta. Gov. to slow or retract their pushwith the 'Third Way' that it sounded like many of themselves did not understand what might be entailed in it. You may have heard that thousands were presented in the Legislature and their most recent announcement on it is a triumph for democracy and all our efforts. Also, attended the rally arranged by FOM on April 1 and heard many heart-wrenching stories of woe suffered down South but none peculiarly enough that might confirm anything that the Government has been telling in their effort to convince us how unsustainable the Health System is afterwards at the Library. And, thanks to Prime Minister Harper that at last he spoke out which I think also added weight that helped bring about the reversal. However, I respectfully suggest that we should not be fooled by the announcement. Obviously they intend to re-tool and be back and I respectfully suggest too that it is not just an Alberta issue but a National issue that the Federal Government needs to monitor and crack the whip on. Thanks Mr. Harper, and at the FOM AGM on April 29 I let my name stand for the Board of Directors since I believe this is such an important issue and I need to get to know as many aspect of it as possible.

However, Mr. Harper's most recent pronouncement with respect to gas prices and the GST was the most naive statement he could make. Even a kindergarten kid would almost see the math does not add up. Now the new Gov. is reported to be looking seriously at incorporating some of the Liberal tax policies they shot down before and during the election campaign though fortunately for the tax-payer and though I abhor cynicism it's sure difficult not to be cynical of politicians. Seems like now that he is in he is determined do anything he can to remain. It will be interesting to see what is contained in the budget. Let's keep tuned.

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