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Compare and contrast to the current healthcare reform debate in the USA.
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begin with Wikipedia, my fellow American! :-0)

Date: 2009-08-12 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tkn1114.livejournal.com
Let us enlighten ourselves with the help of our Canadian neighbour.

Tommy Douglas:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Douglas
he led the first socialist government in North America and introduced universal public healthcare to Canada.

Prairie Giant:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_Giant
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Yeah I wish I had a set of decades out of date poorly idexed encyclopedias from the grocery store like the good ol' days! That was so exciting and accurate!
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From: [identity profile] tkn1114.livejournal.com
Ah, but that's America! :-0) Bored and unexcited. If it's not Wiki, it's something else. We have got to learn to entertain ourselves already :-0)

i'm totally more into word of mouth. - so I just told you :-0)

Date: 2009-08-12 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nfotxn.livejournal.com
He is often referred to as the father of universal
public healthcare in Canada. Also had a big hand in labourers rights, pension and social security.

He's also Keifer Sutherland's grandfather and Donald's inlaw.

Date: 2009-08-12 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tkn1114.livejournal.com
OMG. Have you any idea how spot-on you often are, my love? You are one of my jewels when it comes to material research at important moments. Exactly the analogy I was looking for. REPOST! Thank you, merci, danke. I'm ashamed to say that I need to learn a lot more about Canada, a country I love.

You rock, baby boy!

Date: 2009-08-12 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nfotxn.livejournal.com
Awww thanks for the compliment. It's nice to have my perspective and commentry appreciated rather than the weird xenophobia I sometimes get. I still can't decide if "grassroots" opponents to health care reform are simply republican/medical insurance plants or if a large minority of American citizens are truly subject to some strange bourgeois Stockholm syndrome.

Not that public healthcare is all butterflies and roses. The threat of financial interests usurping the needs of the ill carries on here today. That's why this juncture in American life fascinates me. This is the capital-C Change y'all voted for.

xo

Date: 2009-08-13 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tkn1114.livejournal.com
you are never a foreigner as far as I'm concerned. You are loved. By me :-0)

We need to talk about this stuff because a lot of people in America don't know what the hell they're talking about until they break down and shoot themselves because they can't pay their bills. That's the reality here. Very little about health care is discussed at these townhall meetings. It's all about posturing on whatever the hell they want to posture about. I don't understand people who make statements like "This is the beginning of the dismantling of America! They wanna turn this country into Russia!" I don't think this kind of people even know where Russia is??? But that's some of our fellow Americans, believe it or not. Well, actually, believe it. Because there are Americans who still believe that we invaded Iraq to avenge 9/11. Yes, these are some of your neighbors in the South. I'm over this. I'm just doing what I can to relate info. And the timeless and prophetic message of Tommy Douglas is spot-on re: what's going right now in the USA. Ya'll are just luckier to have someone like him. That's all.

Look for my post! Thanks again.

Date: 2009-08-15 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p0lish-sausage.livejournal.com
Apples and oranges. This is a movie based on a true story, played by actors. The debate in the US is real life, as it happens, even though of it's characters (like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck) feel like they've fallen out of a comic book.

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