With the recent death of actress, activist and lobbyist Shirley Douglas, AKA Kiefer Sutherland’s mom, I am reminded of just how fortunate we are to have our public healthcare system. What’s the connection? Our socialist healthcare system was founded by Tommy Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan and federal NDP leader, Shirley’s father and Kiefer’s grandfather.
During the 2011 federal election, as a spokesperson of the Canadian Health Coalition, Shirley Douglas offered this advice:
“Let us never forget that the federal government is the guardian and enforcer of the five principles of the Canada Health Act: universality, accessibility, portability, comprehensiveness and public administration”
When we are faced with a health crisis like the one we are in the midst of, we Canadians should be especially appreciative of the passion and commitment Shirley Douglas and her father displayed for their vision for public healthcare.
While we Canadians are appreciative, citizens from countries without such a public healthcare system are probably quite envious.
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