5

Asymmetrical Organs


 

This one can go right into the Andrew Coyne Column Auto-Generator: The Most Federalist Quebec Premier In Stephen Harper’s Lifetime declined to sign on to yet another “national” programme that has nothing to do with language or culture, etc.

Meanwhile, here’s the lede from Pat Dare’s piece on the new almost-national organ donation system:

The federal and provincial governments have agreed to spend $35 million to set up a national organ-donation system run by Canadian Blood Services.

The agreement was announced yesterday and covers all the provinces and territories except Quebec.

This is genius. I think Pat has inadvertently written the template for every future federal-provincial agreement. Indeed, this is so perfectly phrased we should just stick it right in the constitution:

The federal and provincial governments have agreed to spend [insert figure here] to set up a national [insert program here]  run by [insert agency or department here].

The agreement was announced yesterday and covers all the provinces and territories except Quebec.


 
Filed under:

Asymmetrical Organs

  1. Perhaps the most radical pequistes are worried about compromising pure laine status by getting organs fom Alberta.

  2. While I agree it’s ridiculous, the reason Charest didn’t sign this particular “national” programme is because it relates to Healthcare and that is a provincial responsability.

    That is why there is a Héma-Québec alongside a Canadian Blood Services and Québec is not part of the “10-year plan to strengthen Healthcare”, http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hcs-sss/delivery-prestation/fptcollab/2004-fmm-rpm/index-eng.php.

    Of course, other excuses would be found to get out of being part of an agreement in some other area but that would be the excuse for this particular non-participation.

  3. Could it have something to do with Héma-Québec operating in Quebec while Canadian Blood Services doesn’t?

    Perhaps Quebec didn’t sign on because CBS doesn’t operate there… which was a result of an ‘everyone except Quebec’ case as well…

  4. Dije,

    You have things backwards.

    Héma-Québec was created by the PQ government of Bernard Landry, if memory serves, precisely because it did not want to take part in a “national” programme that touched on health.

    That is why CBS does not operate in Québec and not the inverse as you suggest.

  5. Or perhaps I should hit ‘refresh’ before posting to ensure I don’t repeat with less detail what the poster before has said…

Sign in to comment.