It's rather ironic that writer Joseph Somerlea sloughs off calls for a public inquiry into McGuinty's ehealth fiasco, yet Somerlea doesn't provide any details about his allegations that Tim Hudak was complicit in patient deaths in Ontario.
Somerlea writes in Niagara This Week, Oct.29, 2009: "Hudak was part of the Harris team when they closed hospitals all over Ontario causing people to die in ambulances when ER's could not handle the crushing work load...What makes you think he has changed his spots?"
Where exactly is Somerlea's evidence for such a sweeping, serious accusation? Somerlea essentially claims Hudak caused patients to die, then fearmongers that he will do so again. Was there a criminal investigation or public inquiry Somerlea can produce to verify his outlandish claim?
(What of the ambulance response to the patient in Toronto, who died waiting, during the 2009 garbage strike? Is McGuinty guilty there?)
It is an asinine position of columnist Draper's and Somerlea's to dismiss an inquiry into eHealth based on cost. Whatever the cost is, is the cost we must pay to hold a secretive Liberal government to account. It is the cost we bear for believing Liberal health care monopolists when they told us 'oh don't worry, everything's all right, just trust us.' It is the cost for ensuring a process is developed so that this won't happen again.
Has Somerlea called for a public and/or criminal inquiry into the hundreds of c.difficile deaths in Ontario hospitals under McGuinty; or into why the St. Catharines hospital had the third-highest death rate in Canada?
A public inquiry into any part of Dalton McGuinty's health monopoly is a good start.