Hargrove Addresses Romanow Commission

Toronto, Ontario

June 6, 2002


Please note that you will need a copy of RealPlayer installed on your computer in order to view the following video file(s).

Download a RealMedia version (.rm)



Hargrove Addresses Romanow Commission
Hargrove Addresses Romanow Commission
dated June 6, 2002

Toronto May 31, 2002
       CAW National President, Buzz Hargrove, urged the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada to move ahead, not backward, in strengthening the Canada Health Act. Speaking to the Commission in Toronto May 31st, Hargrove said the Act should be expanded, not abandoned to profiteers.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "Dental coverage, glasses, hearing aids, care of the aged; all of these things are legitimate things that should be on the agenda. And I close by saying the issue isn't affordability or our ability to pay. We are creating more wealth than ever in the history of our country. It's about what we do with that wealth. What are the values? What are the principles? What do we stand for as Canadians? And I believe, given that question, over 90 per cent of Canadians would urge you to speak on their behalf and in your report make sure that we improve on the current Canada Health Act and not undermine it."

       Earlier Hargrove said the so-called "crisis" in the health care system doesn't really exist.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "We have this debate being driven by a group of people who have a vested interest in making a lot of money out of a for profit system, driving the agenda and trying to convince Canadians that some how there is a crisis in our system that can only be fixed by the private sector. And I'd like to say as strongly as I can, through you to Canadians, that I believe that, that is absolutely the wrong way to go."

       Hargrove said Canada's health care system gives it a tremendous trade advantage and he is surprised corporate Canada isn't here demanding it be protected, instead of being dismantled.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

       "I think this is an opportunity to look one more time and say "boy do we have a prize here."
       "I'm absolutely fascinated that this room is not filled with corporate Canada, and business people lined up to say "boy does this give us one hell of an advantage."


       Hargrove cautioned the Romanow Commission, that extended health care is already an issue at the bargaining table and the CAW is determined to hold its ground and move forward to better coverage for its members.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


Print Print  Send to a friend Send to a friend  Feedback Feedback