News: People’s Need for Decision-Making Power in Health Care —

May 22. A coalition of social organizations held an all-candidates’ meeting at Windsor’s School of Social Work to provide a venue for candidates to address the public’s concerns on the state of health care, how funding for the system should be increased and how the system can be made to function to serve the people’s needs. The meeting was well-attended, with pointed questions and discussion coming from the audience.

Speaking to the Windsor Star, Philippa von Ziegenweidt, spokesperson for Citizens for an Accountable Mega-hospital Planning Process (CAMPP) said the organizers’ aim was to make sure the public was informed about the stand of the candidates and who the candidates are. Notably, counter to the spirit of the event and the need for an informed electorate, the Windsor Star’s report only mentioned by name one NDP candidate, three Liberals and a PC, along with a passing reference to two nameless Green Party candidates.

Independent candidate for Windsor-Tecumseh Laura Chesnik was also present at the meeting. Some of the most vigorous applause of the event came in response to Laura’s remarks when she reiterated that one of the biggest problems facing health care is that those who know the problems and have the expertise and experience in the field are blocked from being part of decision-making.