Monday, September 08, 2014

#BCED Update...The Doctor Comparison.


Remember how, almost as soon as the words left Jim Iker's lips on Friday, the Lotuslandian proPunditry started immediately explaining how there was no way in heckfire that Ms. Clark and friends would go for binding arbitration?


Well, because of what happened with the doctors in 2002 when Allan McEachern gave the doctors a deal that caused the sky to fall according, apparently, to those paragons of unbiased, non-partisan (see what we did there Mr. Marissen?) truth telling we all knew and now miss so dearly, Mess'rs Gary Collins and Colin Hansen.

But there was something that the Dean and the other Club members did not tell us when they so quickly started 'xplainin' why binding arbitration would never, ever work this time around....

Which is why the Doctors went to the wall, lo those many years ago.

Apparently, even back then, folks had a hard time trusting the BC Liberal extreme economic makeover artists:

Negotiations between British Columbia's doctors and the government have completely collapsed, leaving the province facing a potentially damaging doctors' strike .

Dr. Heidi Oetter, president of the British Columbia Medical Association, said Tuesday the government was not serious about negotiating a deal, and "now they are trying to trick British Columbians with more half-truths."

After meeting all day, the BCMA board concluded "we simply can't trust this government," she said in a statement. "So, the BC doctors will once again be forced to do the only thing they can to withdraw services."...

And now the apologists in the Club are telling us that mediation would be better anyway.

But how can mediation work without trust, exactly?

Of course, there was another reason that the sky falling (i.e. the ideologically-driven shift to consumption taxes and user fees) really got started in earnest back in 2002/3...
Tip O' The Toque to S. Hadfield for the original digging on the Doctor story...



Anonymous said...

take Quebec as a model and generate some fair revenue instead of fire sale rates.?

RossK said...

Thanks Anon.