The Canadian Identity and Medicare
Today, I’m thinking about the Town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The people of Gander helped thousands of airline passengers and crew stranded in their town following the horrific events of September 11, 2001.
I think about the people of Gander and their actions on that fateful day whenever I hear politicians say that a government-run social program like Medicare is what defines us as Canadians.
There are government-run health care systems throughout the world. If Medicare is viewed as the most important measure for defining us as Canadians then we have failed to realize our full potential in creating the Canadian identity.