Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Wednesday, December 14, 2005


As a life long listener to and supporter of the CBC I cannot believe there was anything but political influence behind the choice of CBC programmers to air the the Medicare Schmedicare attack on Canada's belief in the necessity of requiring people of the state as a whole to be the sole source of funds for the health and well being of Canadians.

Keenly aware as we are, here in the Province of Alberta, of the powerful lobbies working toward entering the Medicare field for monetary gain, I cannot help asking you, as Ombudsman, to convince me that there were no financial influences brought to bear on the CBC management for the purpose of postponing the airing of "The Tommy Douglas Story" until after the upcoming election.

Every citizen, who will take the trouble to do so, knows that Tommy Douglas was instrumental in establishing the moral foundations of Canadian Medicare which upheld the principles that no family should be bled of their resources and forced into poverty by long term illness and death; nor should any citizen be prevented from obtaining medical care because of financial constraints. The only way to build those moral principles into the health care system was for all of society to share in the costs.

It cannot be possible that some person or persons of influence with the CBC did not understand that by airing Medicare Schmedicare and postponing The Tommy Douglas Story they were promoting totally unbalanced views of Canada's Health care system and thereby failing to uphold their trust to the people of Canada who look to the CBC for fair and balanced reporting of public affairs.

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