Mr. Speaker, Canadians are telling us that health care is in trouble.
At the premiers' conference last week all agreed that the health care system is not sustainable and that it is not able to maintain the status quo. The premiers know there is a problem. Reform knows there is a problem. Change must occur in the health care system and it must occur now.
In an Angus Reid poll conducted last month, 78% of Canadians agreed that the health care system in their province is currently in a crisis.
Is it any wonder that the health care system is in such peril? We have a government that is showing no leadership, offering no solutions and taking no action. The Liberals have squandered more than $1 billion as patients sit in crowded waiting rooms and are shuffled between hospitals.
Can hon. members imagine how many MRIs we could have bought if we had not wasted that $1 billion on a boondoggle?