BC Health Care Costs

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, this past Saturday 40,000 British Columbians spoke out against Gordon Campbell’s horrifying vision of B.C. It is a vision where one cannot afford to get sick, where one cannot afford to attend school, where even the basic right to assistance is being destroyed.

I would like to know why the Minister of Health is not supporting the people of B.C. to stop the destruction of our public heath care system. Is the government now so gutless that it will not even defend its own vision and mandate for health care as set out under the Canada Health Act? Why will she not defend our public health care system?

Hon. Anne McLellan (Minister of Health, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, the five principles of the Canada Health Act are fundamental to our health care system and the renewal of our health care system. My officials are monitoring and working with the officials in B.C. to ensure that the restructuring that takes place in the province of British Columbia does not violate the five principles of the Canada Health Act.

Let me remind the hon. member that all of us, federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health and governments, are working hard on behalf of our residents and citizens to renew our health care system and to have a health care system that is there for everyone when they need it.