False election promise

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Editor:

As a senior living on the Sunshine Coast, I will probably require some help to maintain a reasonable quality of life in the near future. 

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So with that in mind, I checked to see what kind of care might be available to me. To cut a long story short, it became clear that publicly funded institutions generally provided better care and often are less expensive in the long run than those run privately. 

I have voted NDP for decades and therefore was very pleased that the NDP pre-election promises backed up my findings and supported the non-privatization of health care. 

Sadly, the joy of finally having a government in power that supported these views was short lived. In a complete turnaround, the health minister is now going along with privatization and also seems hell bent on dismantling existing well-functioning public care facilities here on the Coast! 

On March 19 at a town hall meeting in Sechelt we were told by the “Honourable” Mr. Dix the reason for going back on the pre-election promises was that they couldn’t break the contract with the private care company Trellis – even though there has been plenty in the media to show otherwise. 

In my opinion, this is just another example of false election promises and short-term, bottom-line governing with no regard for what is best for the electorate in the long run. 

Hopefully it’s still not too late for Mr. Dix to consider the error of his ways and prove there still is a glimmer of hope in our political system. 

Peter Chapman, Roberts Creek

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