And Mr. Ignatieff addressed the issue in speaking to reporters after the morning caucus meeting.
“I am saying no user fees,” he said. “I want to make it very clear that our party and I personally am a passionate defender of the Canada Health Act and we understand that provinces are facing substantial challenges facing the financing of their health care systems.
Mr. Ignatieff said Liberals will oppose any government in any province that introduces user fees. And he went further, asking why Prime Minister Stephen Harper hasn’t made a similar defence.
“I said last week … this is not just about health care. This is the spine of Canadian citizenship that is at stake and our party wants to make position and stance on that very clear.”
On a side note, the reckless MP's who leak these tantalizing statements to gossip mongers need to be reigned in. The Charest budget isn't exactly an ancient document, so the unease with Ignatieff's clarity is both premature and irresponsible. I suppose you could argue that Ignatieff needed to clarify, which he did today, but to run to the press and anonymously question is schoolyard nonsense. I'm curious what kind of an idiot(seriously) thinks they can convey rumblings to someone with daily ink to fill and NOT realize they will be reported? If the intent was pre-meditated, then do us all a favor and resign, because this shit sandbags our chances.