Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to say to just one level of government: “Hey stupid, Fix it.” Instead, we have provincial governments and territories squabbling over tax point divisions and jurisdictions. We have municipal governments struggling to get some money to do an impossible level of services for people. And then we have a federal government trying to pull the whole mess together.
And don’t judge us by those nincompoops south of our border. The Americans have just as big a mess, only theirs is bought and paid for by incompetent millionaires.
At least, in Canada, we don’t have a sleaze such as Donald Trump trying to buy the top political job with those millionaire political slush funds. We might not be perfect but we aren’t that stupid.
We haven’t got people running around with baseball hats proclaiming that we are going to make Canada Great Again. We might just have a bunch of anti-vaxxers parking their trucks in inconvenient places, but most of the time, we just keep chopping wood and drawing water for our American neighbours.
I really hate following the Americans in their ridiculous attempts at international relations. We are much to small a country too want to piss off the Russians or the Chinese. It will be a long time before this country can say that it is nearing capacity to feed, house and care for our citizens.
But, at the same time, we hardly need klutzes such as Doug Ford in Ontario trying to sneak privatized medicine back into the mix in this province. I had to have an ophthalmologist look after my cataracts a few years ago and the son-of-a-bitch kept pushing me with patient-pays options. I got the feeling that he was abrupt and uncommunicable with me was because I was not making any extra money for him. Mind you, I have never met an impoverished ophthalmologist.
I think what really annoys me about Doug Ford’s approach to privatizing medicine in Ontario is how cheap he and his government are with the nurses and other support staff. He doesn’t realize that good medicine is a team effort.
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