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Comox Valley chapter holds pre-election public forum on health care, March 15

The British Columbia Legislature

The Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter will be holding a public forum on health care on March 15 in the lead-up to the May 9 provincial election.

As noted in the Comox Valley Record, “On May 9, British Columbians head to the polls to elect a government that reflects their values. Now is the time, with the election approaching, to make local candidates and their political parties aware of the issues that matter to you, their constituents. The Comox Valley Council of Canadians invites you to an informative town hall meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 7 p.m., at the Evergreen Seniors Lounge, where a panel of guest speakers will discuss health care issues and changes that could improve our system.”

That article adds, “Topics will range from the highly criticized Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium being paid by British Columbians to the long wait times, home care and assisted living services. A question and answer period follows the panel’s presentation. Research reviews show there are public health care solutions that successfully reduce wait times – however, strong leadership from the provincial government is needed to implement these solutions.”

And it concludes, “This election it is imperative that B.C.’s political parties include strong public health care solutions in their platforms.”

A poll released on March 1 found that the NDP is currently in the lead with 30 per cent of the popular vote, the governing Liberals are at 25 per cent, the Greens at 11 per cent, the Conservatives at 10 per cent, while 24 per cent remain undecided.

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