Health-care reforms bring Alberta closer to European model (http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=abd353b5-f1ea-4d3b-9990-2787d2503e5e&p=1)
“Last month, Alberta’s Minister of Health announced the creation of the Alberta Health Services Board, which is to replace the existing system of regional health authorities.
Centralization is good? Whatever…
Province taking over EMS services (http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/city/story.html?id=d56040c8-5e13-4d8a-9acf-63835659285b)
“Ambulance workers will be given new powers to decide where patients should be treated in a sweeping reform that delivers control of local emergency medical services to the province.”
Giving paramedics more choice – decentralizing – removing restrictions on them – is good. But this is lumped with centralizing control of EMS services, which is also supposed to be good?? Whatever… I guess we should expect doublethink.
“Premier Ed Stelmach will become among the nation’s best paid premiers after approval of a 34 per cent pay hike.”
“A recent survey for Health Canada concludes that more than 1,500 Canadians are studying medicine outside of Canada and the United States. Most won’t return home to practise, the data shows. It’s paradoxical, given the perceived physician shortage in this country.”
Shortages are a result of Canada’s peculiarly communist health care system (extreme interference vs. the ideal of allowing a normal free market pricing system vs. European countries where there is more freedom). You can read up on these economic concepts at www.mises.org.
“Canada turned down a United Nations request to take command of the peacekeeping mission in Congo and will instead devote its resources to Afghanistan.
“…The Congo force, known by the acronym MONUC, has nearly 17,000 troops from more than a dozen countries and at a price tag exceeding $1 billion a year is the biggest UN mission ever.
“…The Congo mission is huge but has been relatively ineffectual, the military insider said…”
Rather than give Canadians back their taxes in a troubled economy, the Canadian government is devoting its resources to its own ineffectual duties of standing guard over chaos in Afghanistan, and has decided against helping the U.N. supervise chaos in Congo (”peace-keeping”). Although Western governments may have some good intentions, I don’t believe Western intervention in these countries has done anything but contribute to the chaos – either directly by bombing in the case of Afghanistan or by preventing local people from solving their own problems independently. In any case, I deny that the Canadian government has any right to use our resources in this way.
June 3rd, 2008
Comments for “Canadian Freedom Watch – Health Care, Congo vs. Afghanistan”
June 3rd, 2008 at 3:55 pm
Intervention thus far has certainly not helped with the “chaos theory,” and anyway I agree about the domestic need to consolidate and properly utilize our resources.
John McCain (http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-02-19-mccain-roe_x.htm) has his own brand of chaos.
December 7th, 2008 at 3:11 pm
When will the politians of the world finally stop talking and start taking some serious action in order to make an end to this cruelty? It’s also time for a change in that region!