Monday, June 9, 2008

Tasting one's own medicine -- Letter in Times and Transript

June 9th, 2008

To The Editor:

There is only so much hypocrisy a person can take.

Health Minister Mike Murphy is raging about the federal government's new prescription drug plan, as reported in the media June 6. "There's only so much greed that can be supported," Murphy said. "I think the federal government really has to look at this carefully."

He also blasted the federal government for not consulting the provinces, and for allowing health ministers only 15 days to respond to the alterations.

Now, Mr. Murphy, you know how parents feel regarding the French second language plan. Kelly Lamrock presented the ridiculous Croll & Lee Report on Feb. 27, a couple of days before the March Break. He grandly stated that there would be "extensive consultation" prior to making a decision. He then implemented the report "in full" on March 14, two weeks later.

It's nice to see the Graham government get a taste of what it feels like to have a hugely impactful policy shoved down their throats with no consultation. I hope that they succeed in having Ottawa give them the chance to contribute to real solutions, and in turn, I trust they will do the same for the parents and children of New Brunswick.

Carla Dunphy, Fredericton

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