Progressive Canadian Party candidate Nanaimo-Ladysmith on Health Care, Autism, Seniors, National Pharmacare. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:21
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For Immediate Release:

Nanaimo, BC, April 16, 2019.  Progressive Canadian Party Nanaimo-Ladysmith By-Election candidate Brian Marlatt and interim Leader Joe Hueglin today stated that the PC Party continues to see universal public health care in Canada as the “Canadian Advantage” when measured by both social and economic metrics.  “Our party is committed to finding means to reduce wait times, to discuss proposals for a national pharmacare programme which today we see as aspirational but achievable,” and renewed his party’s long-standing commitment “to achieve the goals of the ‘Medicare for Autism NOW!’campaign,” Marlatt said.

Brian Marlatt is the Progressive Canadian candidate in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election, May 6, 2019, and Policy Chair of the renewed PC Party.  The Progressive Canadian Party was founded by Progressive Conservatives who understood the ‘new’ Conservative party would not be Canadian Progressive Conservatives.

“Progressive Canadians fully support the Canada Health Act and its principles of single-payer publicly funded and administered, comprehensive health care that is available to all Canadians equally wherever they live in Canada,” Marlatt said.  “The social benefit to Canadians of all ages and circumstance is self-evident.  What is less appreciated is that freedom from fear of economic ruin caused by chronic or catastrophic medical need and the availability of a healthy workforce to business unburdened by the additional costs of private primary health care plans is a significant Canadian Advantage to the economy.”

“But we have more to do,” he added.

“Wait times for urgent care and emergency medically necessary procedures should be first class.   Wait times for elective surgery, specialist access, and non-emergency services are ranked by some  critics as second to middle tier.”

Progressive Canadians see renewed commitment to funding health care and to goal oriented health care delivery as needed.   “Both Liberals and ‘new’ Conservatives have effectively defunded health care by reducing the rate of federal funding increases per annum from six per cent to three per cent,” Marlatt said.  “Rates of increase need to be restored to levels in pace with rates of inflation and the costs of new technology and as the average age of user increases.”

“More innovation is needed,” Mr. Marlatt stated as Progressive Canadian campaign chair in a previous 2017 by-election in reply to the South Surrey-White Rock chapter of the seniors advocacy group CARP.  “To achieve this, the PC Party will call for organizational re-evaluation beginning with first principles provided by the Canada Health Act and...a mission statement developed from first principles so that the provinces, as administrators of health care, can better achieve their goals...innovation requires clear goals.”

Pointing to the economies of scale and better results expected when negotiating with large pharmaceutical companies in a national approach, Marlatt and Hueglin speaking for the PC Party, expressed willingness to work with the provinces to achieve patient-centred outcomes in a national pharmacare programme.  “As with the Canada Health Act, building bridges is better than building walls.  Aspirational change is unrealized benefit.  By moving forward in a progressive-conservative way, balancing progressive social policy with fiscal responsibility, incrementally to the possible, sustainable benefit can be achieved. Jurisdictional obstacles can be overcome,” the Nanaimo-Ladysmith PC Party candidate said.

“We understand that some have reservations about the cost of service delivery in areas of jurisdictional challenges with the provinces but challenges are what people of good will seek to overcome for the common good.  The parliamentary budget officer has recently indicated that 4.2 billion dollars a year could be saved by working with the provinces to establish a national pharmacare plan, according to the National Post.”

On the question of ABA/IBI analysis and treatment for children and families affected by autism, Marlatt was pleased to add that “Our campaign in 2008, in South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale where I was then the PC Party candidate, led to the Progressive Canadian party being the first national party to endorse the non-partisan ‘Medicare for Autism NOW!’ campaign, under the leadership of the late Hon. Sinclair Stevens, P.C., Q.C..”

“We hope and trust that the next government will take our example on national health care funding as an economic investment, on seniors care, national pharmacare, and autism services to build upon the Progressive Canadian initiative in Nanaimo-Ladysmith. As our M.P. I will work toward these goals.  Canadian families deserve it.”


For more information and to arrange an interview contact:

Brian Marlatt
Progressive Canadian Party candidate, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
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Joe Hueglin, Leader Progressive Canadian Party,
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