I can't believe I'm reading this!!
PORT HARDY, B.C. (CP) - NDP Leader Jack Layton, who's campaigning as the defender of public health care, had surgery at a private clinic in the 1990s, The Canadian Press has learned.
Layton had hernia surgery at the Shouldice Hospital, a private facility in the Toronto suburb of Thornhill, while he was serving as a Toronto city councillor.
Excuse me while I laugh out loud at the irony! I mean, you can't make this stuff up!! It's the stuff of Shakespeare, I tell you!
Best of all is his excuse.
"It's just part of the system," Layton said in an interview. "The doctor says, "Go there." You pay with your (Ontario health) card. It never occurred to me (it was) anything other than medicare, which it is."
You go to a private clinic and pay with your Ontario Health Card? Is this not a part of the model proposed by the Conservatives? I thought it was...
I'll tell you one thing. Tommy Douglas just rolled over in his grave.