September 10, 1998
Rick Thorpe MLA
Thank you for you
call and our chat yesterday, I appreciate our discussions in the strategic
issues facing the community. To avoid any misunderstanding in the matter of
integrity and use of tax money, I will emphasize.
I have no problem
that tax money being used to assist the weakest in the community and for
capital investment and operation in care facilities etc., satisfying the
constituency and the political process, as long there is accountability.
I do have immense
problem for example with our health care system. The system consumes or
cost twenty five billion more than necessary, damaging the socioeconomic
standard in the community. Health care system is excluded from the
pricing mechanism, and controlled and abused by interest groups. A company
in Penticton -in your constituency- is carrying one thousand dollar higher
heath care cost pr capita that a company in Denmark for no reason and
damaging its combativeness.. The Canadian health care system is simply not
sustainable and contradicts its purpose and to be said nor are the US
system. The system is terminal ill, and the government obviously has
obligation to repair the system and reduce the cost, but obviously lack the
courage to do so. Resource is wasted in treatment of the trivially ill
while the truly ill is suffering and the social condition in large erode.
It is management problem and not a money problem. The pilot project we
suggested to this region in 1994 would have contributed to such necessarily
changes to the system in BC.
* Health Care
I do have problem
with tax being used without accountability to assist industry or for
whatever reason. Regardless if that is our tax used in BC or via IMF in
Thailand or Russia, and where the tax in form of loan and grant goes out the
back door and end up in individuals pockets. I have tremendous problem
with any legislature and government and bureaucrats aware of this type of
issues without doing anything about it. We are talking of a very
damaging, sociopsychiatric economic behavior and problem. Whatever the cause
is stupidity, incompetence, greed and self-interest or plain corruption, the
damages to the community is the same.
That ties in to our
discussion, what is government's role?
Be in touch,
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