Who’s federal health minister this week?
Joe Oliver! Whose website says he’s actually Finance Minister!
Oliver’s office (or the Finance department, anyway) sent a “media advisory/photo opportunity” news release today, alerting reporters having trouble finding actual news, that on Friday, Oliver is going to “participate in a demonstration of digital health tools in use at Sunnybrook. He will then present Sunnybrook with a national award recognizing its leadership in innovation in digital health.”
“The Minister will be joined by John Carmichael, MP, Don Valley West, Barry McLellan, President and CEO, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway” for a grip-and-grin and will be available for questions afterward. (Carmichael will be there because Sunnybrook is actually in his riding.) Continue reading →
When was Rona Ambrose made energy minister?
The demise of the Canadian Health Care Accord. Extreme secrecy about drug reviews. Confusion surrounding the distribution and wariness among physicians about prescription of medical marijuana. An as-yet unfulfilled promise to make violence against women a health priority. A failing grade for the role of the federal government in health care at the end of 2013 by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
With those and other key domestic health matters receiving inadequate attention from the feds, why is Health Minister Rona Ambrose going to China to “underscore Canada’s priority to diversify its export markets for energy and underline Canada’s potential as a responsible and reliable provider of energy to China”? Continue reading →