Northern Leader Issues Challenge To Candidates

Friday, January 13, 2006 at 16:21



A northern Saskatchewan mayor is demanding answers from the riding’s federal election candidates regarding their stance on the inaccessibility of proper health care in the North and its effect on the working poor.


Ile-a-la-Crosse mayor Max Morin says elders and the working poor are suffering because the provincial and federal governments are not helping northerners easily access and pay for needed health care.


Morin says several community members cannot afford to purchase required medication, dentures and costly prescriptions, in addition to their inability to cover travel expenses to see specialists in the south.


He says he wants to know what the northern candidates plan to do about this common problem in the North, if they are elected into office.


Morin adds that Canada brags about having the best health care system in the world, but somehow these elders and working poor in the North can’t benefit from it.