• Bluesky Team

Healthcare Prescriptions

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

Good morning,

We are now 27 days out from election day. Polls conducted over the weekend suggest that there is still a tight race between the Liberals and Conservatives for the lead.

Nanos Research https://www.nanos.co/

Abacus Data https://bit.ly/2mCQAj2

Overnight, the Globe and Mail reported that due to Trudeau's no-show for the Munk debate on foreign policy, the debate is now cancelled dlvr.it/RDm1Fk

With that in mind, here are some other key dates to add to your calendar:

October 2nd – TVA debate

October 7th – Federal Leaders English Debate

October 10th – Federal Leaders French Debate

October 11-14th – Advanced Polls open

Until then, let’s find out what is…

  • Liberals announce investments to healthcare. https://bit.ly/2kRDQol

  • Conservatives unveil plan to make housing more affordable. https://bit.ly/2kwBdI8

  • NDP introduces new candidate in New Brunswick and highlights measures that provide expanded healthcare services, modernizes the Official Languages Act and deals with Employment Insurance. https://bit.ly/2mdaVLo

  • Green Party announces announces commitment for mental health funding. https://bit.ly/2mtWp23

  • Former neo-Nazi, Pegida Canada official among People’s Party of Canada signatories. https://bit.ly/2kD1JzO

Climate change: Greta Thunberg's message to world leaders 'You are failing us' https://bbc.in/2l6FZwa

This GIF is worth a thousand words... pic.twitter.com/AqXdeUzgk3

Elizabeth May calls on other federal leaders to join her at Montreal climate strike Friday https://bit.ly/2meJSPY

Election signs in Ottawa ridings being targeted and vandalized https://bit.ly/2l2bPu8 & https://bit.ly/2kwabAC

NDP misspells name of "star" candidate on their press release announcing "star" candidate https://twitter.com/poitrasCBC/status/1176122695014068224

Why did the Trudeau government approve Bashar Assad's man in Montreal? https://bit.ly/2lbdgXg

Green Party used Photoshop to add reusable cup and metal straw to photo of Elizabeth May https://bit.ly/2mjZ6TJ

Where you will find the leaders today.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May will start off the day at 10:15 a.m. with an announcement and campaigning with candidate Laura Reinsborough (Beauséjour) in Sackville and then spend the afternoon in Halifax to do a series of media interviews.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be in Burnaby, B.C to make a policy announcement at 12:30 p.m. ET followed by a rally at 10 p.m. ET in Surrey with candidate Randeep Sarai.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will remain in southern Ontario with a visit to Thorold, ON for a 10 a.m. ET announcement and then it is off to the Cambridge Waterloo area to campaign with the candidates there. Scheer will end the end with a 5 p.m. ET event at Storybook Gardens in London, ON.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh will be in Winnipeg to make a 10 a.m. ET announcement about the party's plan to address the climate crisis and create green jobs. Following the announcement, Singh will travel to Burnaby, BC to hold a town hall that will start at 9 p.m. ET

The Bluesky observers with their thoughts on what healthcare platform is the right prescription for Canada.

From the desk of Geoff Turner, Senior Consultant

Health campaigning federally is always a lot of theater: fixed as voters’ #1 sacrosanct file, it’s hard for parties to reconcile political reality with the fact that the federal government mostly writes transfer cheques (sometimes with strings attached) and enforces the Canada Health Act (universality/portability) under threat of disqualification from those cheques. For most people in Canada, the feds don’t build hospitals, hire nurses, pay for drugs, or buy machines, no matter how much they love to tell voters they do – that’s a Province’s exclusive domain, partially subsidized by Ottawa’s transfers.

The fine print in the Liberal proposal yesterday was to add $6 billion in strategic sweetener to coax provinces on side with key priorities: more family doctors, home care and palliative care, mental health access standards and to begin pharmacare implementation in the coming term. Tactically, my sense is this announcement is intended to hold ground against their opponents, including the Conservatives’ targeted fund of $1.5 billion for new MRI/CT machines, and more disruptive plans expounded daily by the NDP and Green parties to impose full-scale pharmacare and dental care plans next year.

But, needle-scratch-sound, is this the Pharmacare announcement that everyone has been expecting from the Liberals?! It just can’t be, given how much air they’ve pumped in to that tire since 2017 – so, stay tuned for the bigger piece to drop and seize the healthcare dialogue on Liberal terms.

From the desk of Neil Brodie, Vice-President

Hurry up and wait.

I waited 4 months for an MRI after a head injury. I was lucky, because I was living in Toronto at the time there is an abundance of equipment there. I can’t imagine what the wait would be in other parts of the country.

To hear that a Conservative government will invest to reduce wait times for potentially life-saving tests for Canadians, $1.5 billion in its first term to purchase MRI machines and CT machines to replace aging equipment and add machines across the country, was very good news. Unlike the wild spending commitments other parties are making, with no plan to pay for them, the Conservative plan has been costed by the PBO.

With the amount of money Canadians pay in taxes, we deserve timely access to quality health services.

From the desk of Cameron Holmstrom, Consultant 

There are few issues that always seem to be top of mind for Canadian voters in every election. One of those issues is healthcare, which makes a lot of sense; we all worry about our families and loved ones having the healthcare that they need, when they need it. In this campaign we’re seeing healthcare come to the forefront for different reasons, as for the first time in a few generations we’re openly talking about expanding our health care system, with multiple parties running on various pharma care plans.

When looking at whose proposal is the best, in my view we need to look at who has the most complete plan, covering from head to toe. Only one party is promising that level of coverage, and that’s the NDP. The Orange team is running on implementing a full national pharma care plan by 2020. Canada is the only country that offers universal medicare without universal pharma care, so this is a natural next step to take. They’re also promising to start Canada down the road of universal dental care coverage by extending public dental coverage for households making less than $70,000 per year in 2020 and working towards increasing it before that. For New Democrats bringing forward these proposals is not just about making life better for all Canadians, but its about finishing the work started by Tommy Douglas so long ago.

The Bluesky team in the news:

The Hill Times - Joe Jordan shares his thoughts on the latest LPC campaign woes, saying the Liberals will "have to make some fundamental shifts in their communications and strategy, as, this time, they are both the “pitcher of record” and the frontrunner." buff.ly/2mCX8hD

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