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If you live in the Canadian true north strong and free, all you’ve been hearing about lately in the news has been about the upcoming federal elections. In just four weeks, most of us will be heading over to polls to cast our ballots for the new incoming party. Since the federal elections have been a buzzing topic, and here at Hemtecks we discuss healthcare and science very frequently…I thought…why not actually see what the parties are actually promising?
I decided to go straight to the source, which was each party’s platform webpage. Here is what I found:
- Bloc Quebecois – Nothing. Well…I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t anything on their webpage…but what I mean by nothing is that as being someone whos first language isn’t French, the Bloc Quebecois’ content was simply meaningless for me. There wasn’t even a prompt from Google Chrome to translate the page!
2. Conservatives – Harper is running for yet another term. After scouring the platform site, I couldn’t find any party promises on the topic of healthcare. This is not too surprising as this year’s election has placed a heavier emphasis on improving the Canadian economy. I did find one thing – a button to translate the page into French!
3. Liberals – Looking at Trudeau’s plan, there are several environmental and scientific initiatives outlined. Some of these include: restoring credibility to environmental assessments, taking greater action on climate change, investing in clean technologies, creating clean jobs, and investing in the preservation of natural ecosystems. One other interesting promise was to “unmuzzle scientists”. This initiative would aim to allow government scientists to freely talk about their work, increase public accessibility to government science work as well as the creation of a Chief Science Officer position to increase scientific engagement in important governmental decisions. I was quite impressed at the breadth and depth of the platform promises listed on the site and how easy they were to navigate!
4. NDP – Mulclair’s site was the only one to have a specific healthcare section. He has 5 main points listed:
- Hiring 7000 family doctors, nurses and other professionals and opening 200 new community health clinics (to provide healthcare services for the 5 million Canadians who currently do not have a family doctor)
- A universal drug plan to make prescriptions more affordable
- Expanding homecare to support 41,000 seniors in order to reduce burdens on hospitals and emergency rooms
- Introducing an innovation fund to improve mental health care for young Canadians –
- Launching a national Alzheimer’s and dementia strategy to support research, screening and diagnosis.