This budget is unacceptable because health care is the most vital service we have. It is about sickness and suffering, life or death. As soon as a government starts to bleed the common folks to cover for government mistakes, mismanagement and misdeeds, we will be on the road to big trouble.
As usual, it will be the most vulnerable, the weakest, the most helpless citizens and their families who will suffer, while drug companies will continue to charge and spend millions of dollars on advertising and marketing to butter up their buyers instead of investing in needed research.
The pharmaceutical companies are largely responsible for the high costs of health care, and government is their accomplice because it does not legislate honestly.
The Government of Canada, supported by Quebec and the other provinces, should pass legislation without further delay to make it illegal for drug companies to bribe doctors, CEO's and others with all manner of lavish gifts and perks in order to sell their products.
Bleeding patients and their families is one of the ugliest of crimes, comparable to raping the innocent.