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Voters should take Trudeau to task for lack of health portability

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Justin Trudeau accuses Andrew Scheer of not mentioning his U.S. citizenship. However, apparently he never voted there, and allowed his passport to expire. Ironically, Trudeau and his entire family likely have and use fully portable Ontario health cards unlike his Papineau constituents. They are treated as “second-class citizens” outside Quebec as they must usually pay out-of-pocket to see an MD and face notices from institutions like the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa that specialists will refuse to see them unless it is a dire emergency.

Although health delivery is within provincial jurisdiction, Ottawa should have a role in facilitating access to care across Canada and in other countries. So far, Justin Trudeau and his health minister have failed to address both of these problem areas.

Granted, within Canada, hospital benefits are portable.

However, Quebec has refused to provide portable physician benefits. Thus, its residents on business or visiting friends and extended families in St. John’s,........

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