Re: Guaranteed Basic Income, Post, p. 4, Oct/Nov. 2020.
This [letter] reminded me of the Medicare crisis in Saskatchewan 60 years ago. Doctors were on strike and it was a scary time. I lived in Weyburn, the home of Tommy Douglas and father of Medicare. My family made the trip to Regina to protest against the protesters. Thousands of people gathered at the Legislative grounds. Some men were on a stage screaming “Do you know the cost of this crazy idea? If you think millions, then try billions! It could spread like a wild prairie fire and ruin the country. We’ll all be bankrupt.
Well, we all survived and the rest is history. Doctors are well-paid and not by installments like when I was born. My family has been so blessed. Canada needs a task force of intelligent thinking people able to offer concrete solutions to assist low-income families.
The reactions to these two social issues show that fear is an obsession and threat to our well-being. We need bravery and compassion.—Mary Ann McDonald, White City, SK