For a government that promised consultation, Doug Currie’s health reform roadshow is anything but.
Give the minister credit. For the first time since being elected in 2007 a Health Minister has the courage to sit in front of Islanders on their home turf. While there are solid components to the provincial plan, there are also significant flaws. And despite an educated chorus of opposition that has erupted across the Island, neither the minister nor his bureaucrats is listening.
Rather Currie, Ghiz and any other government operative handed speaking notes to parrot, invariably leads off with ‘health care is an emotional issue.’ This is nothing but a condescending, arrogant attempt to lump everyone who opposes the government plan as irrational.
Health care reform is not irrational.
It is about respect.
It is about honesty.
It is about transparency.
It is about equality.