Letter: Candidates and social issues

Reader feels only Cannings and NDP have plans for social issues

Last week’s headline in your Wednesday edition (Oct. 9) stated, “Counting their pennies: About 1000 children under 15 are living in poverty in Penticton.”

My question to our local candidates in next week’s election is what will you and your party do about situations like this and other social issues? Seems to me that Richard Cannings and the NDP are the best choice with their policies for universal pharmacare and affordable housing.

Why is that we can go to a doctor in this country as part of the medical services and then have a prescription for medication issued, which then has to be paid out of pocket by the majority of the population? What happens to the family of a child living in poverty when a prescription is given but not filled because it’s a choice between paying the rent, food on the table or drug expense. Does that person with an illness end up in the hospital emergency room creating more expense to our system?

We are the only country with a national health-care system that does not have universal pharmacare, other than the U.S. The Liberals have had four years to create this but are listening to the big pharma lobbyists. The Conservatives don’t have plans at all. Richard Cannings cares about people and the environment.

Rita Taenzer

Penticton

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