Canadian Medical Association elects pro-medicare president

Champion for the homeless departure from former pro-privatization leaders

The Canadian Medical Association has chosen an Ottawa doctor who earned notoriety for his work with the homeless as its new president. The election of Jeffrey Turnbull, a specialist in internal medicine and Ottawa Hospital’s chief of staff, is a significant change for the national association, which has been headed by a series pro-privatization presidents of late. Turnbull has openly voiced his pro-medicare stance, arguing that private clinics rob the public system of resources. He will assume leadership of the group in 2010.

Ottawa Citizen