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Which is your favourite Harper quote on health care?

Posted on April 18, 2011

OTTAWA – The Liberal Party of Canada is inviting all Canadians to take part in an online poll to select their favourite Harper quote on health care at The winning quote will be included in an updated version of the “Health Risk” ad.

Stephen Harper has a lifetime of comments that show his opposition to universal public health care in Canada, including as recently as last week’s federal leaders’ debate.  

The choices are:

“[G]overnments across this country have experimented with alternative service delivery…We’re not going to wave the finger at provinces because they experiment with different delivery.” (Stephen Harper, English Language Leaders’ Debate, April 12, 2011)

“We also support the exploration of alternative ways to deliver health care. Moving toward alternatives, including those provided by the private sector, is a natural development of our health care system.” (Stephen Harper, Toronto Star, October 2002)

“[E]ach province should raise its own revenue for health care — i.e., replace Canada Health and Social Transfer cash with tax points.” (Stephen Harper, ‘Firewall’ letter, January 24, 2001)

 “[O]ur health care will continue to deteriorate unless Ottawa overhauls the Canada Health Act to allow the provinces to experiment with market reforms and private health care delivery options.” (Stephen Harper, Canadian Alliance Leadership campaign website, 2002)

“Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it.” (Stephen Harper, Speech to Council for National Policy, 1997)

The Liberal Party has decided to update its “Health Risk” ad in response to the Globe and Mail’s error in its attribution of a quote.

The Liberal Party is calling on the Conservative Party to demonstrate the same commitment to factual accuracy in its own advertising.

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