Mr. David Price (Compton-Stanstead, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, last night the
Leader of the Opposition unveiled his party's right wing platform in
Kitchener. The plan backtracks on a number of commitments that the leader of
the party, formerly known as Reform, had committed himself to only a few
short months ago.
Can the Minister of Health tell the House just what the Alliance platform
will do to our Canadian health care system?
Hon. Allan Rock (Minister of Health, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the most important
part of what was said last night is what was left out. The reform alliance
did not say that it would surrender federal power to enforce the Canada
Health Act. It did not say that it would no longer transfer cash to the
provinces. It would give it all away in tax points.
No federal cash means no federal role and no federal role means no national
standards. No national standards means a ten tier health care system in
Canada. The reform alliance would destroy Canadian medicare and we will not
let it do that.