Reinforcing the `Canadian Advantage` in Health Care
Monday, 20 January 2014 11:14
Reinforcing the 'Canadian Advantage' in Health Care.
 
For Immediate Release January 14, 2014
 
Newmarket, Ontario - Progressive Canadian Leader the Hon. Sinclair Stevens today presented proposals to improve and safeguard the Canadian Health Care system and to reinforce the Canadian Advantage in the North American market place offered by the progressive Canadian system of universal publicly funded health care.

"Recently, American social advocate Ralph Nader pointed to twenty-two ways in which he sees Canadian health care delivery and access to be fairer and more efficient. All Canadians have access at a cost of 10% of GDP while, despite the best intentions, under Obamacare many Americans will still have no or limited access yet costs of 18% of GDP.
The cost to Canadians of health care paid by income, sales and corporate taxes is much less individually than Americans continue to pay in premiums and are not lost with change to personal circumstances; and while wait times for diagnostic and non-medical services are becoming increasingly and unacceptably long in far too many cases in Canada, no one is denied access."

"Canadians must ask if our federal government is doing enough to meet its responsibilities to them and to the provinces to meet 21st century challenges, to meet the promises made under the Canada Health Act to all Canadians, and to keep the social and economic Canadian Advantage of Canadian universal public health care alive and well."

"Under ‘The Harper Government’ the answer is no. We are told by Minister Flaherty that the annual rate of increase to health care funding by the Harper Government will fall from 6% per year to 3% in 2014.  It is not good enough to blame health care funding shortfalls on the failures of previous Liberal governments.  It is the Harper Government that is letting us down, today and until 2015 and with consequences which may last beyond 2015."
 
"Progressive Canadians are proposing a series of measures to address these concerns, to provide an example to present and future Canadian governments and to so to continue the Canadian Advantage of starting down the road to full implementation of public universal health care sooner."

Toward these ends, Progressive Canadians are committed to: 

Restore Canada’s federal contribution to health care funding to 50% of health care costs in each province as originally contemplated in the CHA.

Ensure that regular schedules for federal contributions to health care administered by the provinces are negotiated according to need and CHA objectives so as to ensure long-term, stable, predictable funding of health care in co-operation with the provinces.

Fund health care research and development of health care information technologies that are accessible and transferable nationally so that patient focused care is available everywhere in Canada, and so that patient information and medical consultations are facilitated nationally with costs borne by the home province and the federal government according to best practices and patient need as the priority considerations regardless of jurisdiction.

Enable greater access to quality health care in rural, remote and northern Canada by funding scholarship student health care education in exchange for a five-year period of service in rural, remote and northern Canada; this programme will be patterned after similar commitments for service by medical, dental, and law students to the Canadian military.

Use the federal government’s power to persuade to secure funding and treatment for Autistic children and their families in all provincial jurisdictions, and through amendment of the Canada Health Act. *

* Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that now affects 1 in every 110 Canadian children. While the cause of autism is still unknown, highly effective treatment does exist. "Applied Behavioural Analysis" (ABA) is recognized by both the American Academy of Paediatrics and the office of the US Surgeon General, as the only science-based treatment available to date. However, children with ASD have been orphaned by Canada's Medicare system by being denied such treatment under their provincial health plans. The Progressive Canadian Party recognizes the discrimination that Canadians with ASD face and will seek legislation to amend the Canada Health Act to include science-based treatment of autism under Medicare.

 

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"Progressive Canadians are progressive-Conservatives; progressive Conservatives are Progressive Canadians,"
"It was  Sir John A. Macdonald who, in 1854, first described the Tory party as "progressive Conservative". .
. and that the present government is not"
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:00
 
The Progressive Canadian Party: A continuing voice of all Canadians
Saturday, 07 December 2013 16:28

The Progressive Canadian Party:  A continuing voice of all Canadians

Canadians have had two historic choices, Sir John A.  Macdonald's Tory party and Sir Wilfred Laurier's Liberals to speak with the voice of all Canadians. "Liberal, Tory same old story," we were told, reversing the order of precedence, Tory, then Liberal.  The first has been removed from the ballot; the second is struggling to find its identity.

Who speaks for Canada?  All of Canada, sea to sea to sea?  Progressive Canadians in the Tory tradition of Sir John A.  Macdonald. 

The Progressive Canadian Party began and remains in the tradition of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada a party of nation-building, national vision, political philosophy and policy direction expressed through fiscally responsible progressive social policy in the interest of a strong united Canada.

Progressive Canadians believe government must take an active part in the future of  Canada as a nation.  Canada's government, Canada's parliament, must be committed to our future. 

Progressive Canadians believe the Canadian government and parliament must take a leadership role in the life of Canada in the world and in our own destiny, embracing ideas and opportunity, not just sit and wait for what a global marketplace may leave us, or pursue the particular interest of one or some of the provinces, or submit to the tyranny of ideology.

Progressive Canadians continue to share the Progressive Conservative national vision and policies which reinforce Canada's parliamentary institutions, parliamentary democracy and social fabric in areas like health care and education and our responsibility to all of our fellow citizens wherever they live in Canada, regardless of condition, wealth, belief or office equally, all in the national interest because it is the interest of all Canadians.

The vision of Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir George Etienne Cartier and the Fathers of Confederation is as important today to the future of Canada and to Canada's place in the world today as it was in 1867.

The National Dream and the National Policy of Macdonald were visions of his day.  The national vision, the task of nation-building today may be different but it is no less important for our future as a nation.Ten years after the take-over of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Mr. Harper's party continues to try to reshape Confederation, Parliament, and Canada around the prejudices of its small Canada origins: provincialism, continentalism, and neoconservatism.

They are a party that is zealous in its ideology and beliefs, an inward-looking movement rather than looking to the future of a strong united Canada with responsibility to all Canadians as a national party

Progressive Canadians instead are forward-looking, embracing change with the wisdom and reliance on our institutions, not just for their antiquity but for their utility in discovering opportunity and ordering opportunities outcomes for the benefit of all Canadians.
 
The PC Party of today, the Progressive Canadian party, too, understands the wisdom  and the appeal to today's Canadians of the words  Macdonald used to describe the aims of his true Tory party and remains dedicated to them "our aim should be to enlarge the bounds of our party so as to embrace every person desirous of being counted a "progressive Conservative" and who will join in a series of measures to put an end to the Corruption which has ruined the present government and debauched all its followers" (Macdonald to Strachan, February 1854, National Archives).

For more information contact:

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The Progressive Canadian Party
Newmarket, Ontario
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"Progressive Canadians are progressive-Conservatives; progressive Conservatives are Progressive Canadians," 
"It was Sir John A. Macdonald who, in 1854, first described the Tory party as "progressive Conservative". . . and that the present government. is not" 
 
"Progressive Canadians Announce Toronto Centre Candidate."
Monday, 21 October 2013 19:23

"Progressive Canadians Announce Toronto Centre Candidate."
"Toronto Centre: Local Issues and Referendum on Harper Conservatives as a National Party."

For Immediate Release October 22, 2013

Newmarket, Ontario - The Honourable Sinclair Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian Party (PC Party) is pleased to announce that Party President, the Rev. Dorian Baxter, will be the PC Party candidate in the November 25th Toronto Centre by-election.

The by-election called following the retirement from Parliament of Toronto Centre MP, recent Liberal Interim Leader and former Premier of Ontario the Honourable Bob Rae is in a very real sense a referendum on the Harper government and calls into question the standing of the Harper Conservative Party as a national party.

Ten years after the take-over of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, Mr. Harper?s party continues to try to reshape Confederation and Parliament around old Reform Party prejudices as evidenced by his partisan Senate appointments, reform proposals and Scandal, and political prorogations of parliament as a zealous, inward-looking movement rather than with responsibility to all Canadians as a national party.

Progressive Canadians continue to share the Progressive Conservative national vision and policies which reinforce Canada?s parliamentary institutions, democracy and social fabric in areas like health care and education and our responsibility to our veterans founded on real Tory principles which balance progressive social policy and fiscal responsibility in the national interest, PC Party candidate Dorian Baxter observed on announcement of his candidacy in Toronto Centre.

"Progressive Canadian proposals for Senate Reform, for example, work within our constitutional framework, traditions, and the purpose of the Senate," he said, "rather than seek to change or abandon them as proposed by those who put party ahead of democratic and national interest."

"The Harper Conservatives show a clear disrespect for parliamentary institutions and the means to democratic accountability including the Opposition which Stephen Harper ignores, the Senate which he sees as responsible to himself, the public service and scientific community which he silences, and the media he treats with contempt," said Progressive Canadian candidate Dorian Baxter.

The by-election also raises the opportunity to discuss a number of important local and citizen-concerned issues of wide importance to Canadian infrastructure including the failure of the Harper Conservatives to consult the community rather than just his political allies in Toronto City Hall on GTA transit issues. By imposing the subway model preferred by Mayor Ford rather than fully consulting the community particularly concerning the less-costly TTC LRT model which would take advantage of existing unused rail lines to move people to and from places of work, home, and downtown Mr. Harper?s government again looks inward rather than to the wishes, well-being and fiscal interest of Canadians, in this case Torontonians and specifically Toronto Centre.

Education, too, continues to suffer from neglect. "This is an issue that is both local and national," Baxter observed, "no less than the defunding of health care by decreasing the rate of increase of federal transfers to the provinces under the Canada Health Act from 6% to 3% by the Harper government beginning in 2014.

Out of reach cost of tutition has come to mean that money rather than academic excellence is deciding who can benefit from and contribute to Canada?s potential and place in the world. Together with suppression of scientific knowledge in the interest of political messaging, suppression of access to post-secondary education through underfunding or picking winners and losers in the intellectual and skills marketplace of an ever-changing future seems to be driven by the resource extraction obsessions of a government and party which lacks national perspective and national vision, unlike the former Progressive Conservatives and Progressive Canadians.

"Progressive Canadians are Progressive Conservatives; Progressive Conservatives are Progressive Canadians," Dorian Baxter said, noting further that "it was John A. Macdonald who, in 1854, first described the Tory party as "progressive Conservative" and that is not the present government."

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 08:14
 
Harper Senate Reform undermines Democracy and National Unity: former Tory Cabinet Minister and PC Party Leader, Sinclair Stevens states.
Saturday, 09 February 2013 19:06
For Immediate Release February 5, 2013.


Newmarket, Ont.  -  The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, today stated his serious concern that the Harper government’s appointments and proposals for Senate Reform again undermine democracy in Canada and Canadian national unity.

The Harper government claims a strong mandate but it is based on the support of only 39% of Canadians in the 2011 election.

"Harper’s appointments are mere patronage and partisanship, showing no interest in democracy and threatening national unity," Stevens said. "His appointees pledge to vote as he wishes rather than, as Senators, to determine what is best for Canada." Stevens added, "Harper’s Senate Reform proposals threaten Canadian unity by making Senators militant advocates of each province’s interest against all the others and against Canada, making Canada and parliament answer to Senators elected by the provinces and appointed by himself as prime minister. Yet his constitutional reference is trying to deny the provinces their constitutional right to object to his proposal for firewall federalism. He is trying to see how far he can go because the constitution doesn’t interest him. Democracy doesn’t interest him. That’s why he prorogues parliament and uses omnibus bills to treat the Opposition in the Commons as irrelevant rather than as the voice of Canadians who are their constituents."

January 25th Prime Minister Stephen Harper again appointed new Senators who pledge to support his government’s Senate Reform plans, including limiting Senate appointments to terms of nine years, depriving Parliament of its institutional memory, and to create a framework for the provinces to hold elections with no constitutional standing to select Senate nominees. He poses abolition as an alternative. A constitutional reference is now intended.

Under Canada’s constitution senators serve to review and revise government legislation and regulatory proposals with powers equal to the Commons in fulfilment of Senate responsibility as a revising chamber balancing Commons rep by pop with regional representation in four equal defined Senate Divisions. The Senate is not a house of the provinces nor of elected party or provincial partisanship. The Senate’s role is as the institutional memory of parliament and nonpartisan revising chamber of "sober second thought."

Constitutional reform of the Senate under the general formula requires the agreement of seven provinces representing fifty percent (50%) of the population of Canada.

Yet all of these Canadian constitutional principles seem to be violated by the Harper appointments and legislative proposals. Prime Minister Harper’s Senate appointments also violate the Guiding Principles for Senate Reform established and reaffirmed by the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, two of them developed in Western Canada.

The Guiding Principles for Senate Reform require any such proposal to meet three historic constitutionally-based standards.

First, acknowledgement that the important work the Senate does in Committee to examine proposed legislation or regulation provides the opportunity for long-term study of complex issues free of the inherent instability resulting from partisan politics in the Commons and electoral politics (Guiding Principle 235).

Second, the Senate is a check on the power of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Government. In fact, the Senate protects our parliamentary democracy against excessive partisanship by the Prime Minister, political movements and the party in power. This role was understood by Sir George Etienne Cartier who worried that democracy might be reduced to a populist mob and abused by a demagogue serving as prime minister (Guiding Principle 236).

Third, the first duty of Canada’s Senators is to Canada, not to their party, province, region or interest and belief. The Senate is a revising chamber, necessarily nonpartisan as the chamber of "sober second thought" at the centre of the Canadian federal principle (Guiding Principle 237).

The Senate is Parliament’s institutional memory, with powers equal to the Commons but reluctant to use them because they are appointed, not elected, yet serving as a safeguard against partisan self-interest of the party or prime minister in office and as a key defence of national unity within the Canadian federal principle.

But Stephen Harper abuses these principles, reminding us of his disregard for constitutional necessity and for Tory principle.

Referring to firewall federalism as classical federalism, Mr. Harper’s public statements on Senate Reform seek to replace Canada’s principle of co-operative federalism between the provinces and between the provinces and Canada itself. This would be the effect of provincially elected Senators.

Ironically such new Senators, if they were to be elected in provincial elections, would violate the intention of Canada Elections Act, Section 550, which prohibits candidates for election from pledges in writing to sell their vote or vote in ways conditional to their election because doing so is to buy office and to violate the integrity of parliament. In spirit if not in law Harper exacting promises of support for his policies from his senate appointees calls into question their credibility as a check on the prime minister and as a revising chamber capable of sober second thought concerning government legislation and regulation.

Progressive Conservative Senator Elaine McCoy who has described Canada’s appointed Senate as the last defence of democracy in today’s hyper-partisan political atmosphere in the Commons has proposed a blue ribbon panel to nominate Governor General appointments to the Senate instead of by the prime minister alone or provincial elections.

The Progressive Canadian Party, representing Progressive Conservative political philosophy and policy directions and guided by the Tory Guiding Principles for Senate Reform, applauds Senator McCoy’s recommendations and notes further that the Queen’s Privy Council already exists as a nonpartisan body to fulfil the constitutional requirements of Senate appointments and Senate Reform.

A quorum of the Queen’s Privy Council across party lines and levels of government, comprising former Governors General, present and former prime ministers and cabinet ministers, Supreme Court Chief Justices, inducted Leaders of the opposition and premiers, could fulfil its historic role as an advisory body to the Crown by recommending to the Governor General persons qualified to serve in Canada’s Senate in fulfilment of its duty as a revising chamber of "sober second thought."

The Progressive Canadian Party looks forward to the opinion to be provided in the Supreme Court reference.


For more information on the Issue raised contact:

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APPENDIX: References:

Senator Elaine McCoy, "Last best hope for democracy in Canada: an appointed Senate" Toronto Star, February 22, 2010. http://www.examiner.com/article/senate-reform-let-the-gg-take-the-advice-of-the-full-privy-council-making-senate-appointments

Senator Elaine McCoy, "Same Old, Some New, Ideas on Senate Reform"
http://www.albertasenator.ca/hullabaloos/?article&494

Brian Marlatt, "Senate Reform: Let the GG take the advice of the full Privy Council in making Senate appointments." The Examiner, April 1, 2010.
http://www.examiner.com/article/senate-reform-let-the-gg-take-the-advice-of-the-full-privy-council-making-senate-appointments

F.A. Kunz, The Modern Senate of Canada, UofT : Toronto, 1965, pp. 369-375.

Hiebert, Uppal pledges Senate Reform, PAN, August 11, 2011.
http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/127491533.html?mobile=true

"Harper's new Senate appointments feature personal, political connections, Macleans, January 25, 2013. http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/01/25/harper-appoints-five-new-senators-from-ontario-alberta-saskatchewan-and-n-l/

PM Harper appoints five new senators, CBC, January 25, 2013.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/25/pol-harper-appoints-5-new-senators.html?cmp=rss

Uppal on Senate Reform - Politics - CBC player
Minister of State for Democratic Reform Tim Uppal announces that the federal government will seek clarification from the Supreme Court on its powers to reform or abolish the Senate
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Politics/ID/2331406978/

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