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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

More from Romanow

Roy Romanow, who is currently preparing the report from the royal commission on the future of health care in Canada, has called for provinces to provide more detailed reports on their health-care spending in return for greater, more stable federal funding for medicare. This seems sensible, but provincial governments guard their jurisdiction over heath services jealously; yesterday, Alberta Health Minister Gary Mar said that he would prefer that any new federal funding come with no strings attached.

Recently, provincial premiers have been claiming that the federal government only provides 14% of the funding for public health care in Canada. The federal government begs to differ; they point out that public health care spending in Canada is about $68-billion, and that the federal health and social transfers total $34-billion, before equalization payments. Even when one factors in that those transfers don't all go to medicare, the feds claim that they contribute at least 31% of the health care dollars, and maybe more. Here's the federal government's claim; judge for yourself.
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