I agree with Keith Martin, the Canada Health Act is outdated and I think could be argued to be unconstitutional. I am glad Keith Martin will continue to work on these issues after he has retired and his seat has gone Tory.
A shibboleth is defined as “a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth.” I know this to be true, because I had to look up the word when reading a statement from Liberal MP
Keith Martin about the Canadian health-care system.
“We cannot continue to wrap ourselves in the Canada Health Act, hold on to shibboleths and demonize those who are trying to modernize our obsolete health-care system,” he wrote.
It’s rather a bracing statement: that the Canada Health Act — the thing that so many people identify as one of our defining characteristics — is an outdated belief with no basis in reality. Was a federal legislator putting it that starkly? Was an MP — a physician, even — calling bunkum on the cherished principles of universality and accessibility? And wouldn’t this make things a little awkward at Liberal caucus meetings?