Alberta Conservatives are opening the door to privatized healthcare - 2019-12-05
On Saturday, the United Conservative Party held its annual general meeting. The yearly session is meant to be an opportunity for UCP members to vote on the official policy positions of the party. One of the resolutions brought forward was focused on Canada's universal healthcare system.
The motion asked members if they favoured upholding "the principles set out in the Canada Health Act." The UCP shot down the resolution, making it clear that their party has no interest in upholding the principles that underpin our national Medicare system.
The five principles of the Canada Health Act include universality, comprehensiveness, accessibility, public administration, and portability. It is unclear which tenets of the Act really bothered UCP members. However, all five principles are essential to the universal system of healthcare that we enjoy in Canada.