“Will Paul Martin Live Up to His Father’s Legacy?”
CUPE and Health Coalitions Call for the Federal Government to Restore Its Role in Hospitals in New Discussion Paper.
After World War II, Paul Martin’s father (then Health Minister Paul Martin, Sr.) saw the need for new hospitals across the country. A federal government fund called the National Health Grants program built the hospitals we use today.
Fifty-eight years later, our hospitals are crumbling. New construction and renovations are badly needed. But who will pay for their renewal?
With a large surplus, the federal government must restore its role in hospital construction. The federal government can match what the provinces contribute toward hospital renewal.
There is no room for the private sector to profit from this rebuilding process. Private financing through P3s (public-private partnerships) and other privatization schemes will only waste valuable taxpayers’ dollars.”