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Not only was Harper's change to the Criminal Code of no value but the real problem is one that he and many provincial governments refuse to acknowledge or rectify. Far too much mental health care in this country is left to the prison system rather than to the health care system.
The premiers recently announced the creation of a working group on health care innovation to examine three critical issues related to the health workforce. It will take more than an observatory to kick start real progress in the three areas identified by the premiers. Soap operas are "sticky" for a reason.
The real importance of the Health Accords, which the Government has dodged responsibility for, was not to keep the provinces happy but to keep Canadians healthy. National cooperation, with or without the feds as the uber-paymaster and shot-caller, is needed to produce the political spine to get this done.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he hopes provincial and territorial leaders can "put the funding issue aside" as they discuss the future of health care in Canada. In an interview with the CBC's Pe...