This weekend, vote for health-care champions

On election day in Greater Victoria, consider those who have a positive stance on health care

There are champions in our midst.

More than 160 municipal candidates across B.C. have pledged to help strengthen and expand public health-care services in their communities if elected in this week’s elections – twice as many as those who pledged in the 2008 elections.

Why the dramatic jump in health care-concerned candidates? The restructuring of home and community care, the future of medicare, the upcoming renegotiation of the Federal-Provincial Health Accord and the resulting effects on municipal social and economic infrastructure are all important issues for municipalities.

I encourage all voters to consider electing candidates who have pledged to speak out for public health care when they go to the polls this week – view the B.C. Health Coalition’s public list of candidates who have taken the Public Health Care Champion pledge on our website.

Rachel Tutte

Co-chair

B.C. Health Coalition