Ontario Liberal candidate, Bernie Farber, has written an op-ed piece in Shalom life discussing health care in Ontario. In it, he uses the example of his sister-in-law’s fight against breast cancer – a battle she succumbed to in 2003 – to argue that health care in Ontario would be at risk under a conservative leadership:
“I personally experienced these risks when in 2001, my sister-in-law, suffering from breast cancer, found herself caught in the mire of Conservative hospital closures, nursing lay-offs and other cuts specifically to the cancer care sector. Joanne passed away in 2003. Had she been diagnosed today, with all the newly-funded resources in Ontario cancer care, with hospitals back up and running, with over 11,500 full time nurses now hired or re-hired, her chances of survival would have increased dramatically.”
Wow, quite a statement. What Bernie didn’t count on was, Michael Robitaille, his sister-in-law’s widower, commenting on the article. Get a load of this:
“The sister-in-law Bernie Farber wrote about in this article was my wife. Contrary to what Bernie states, my wife Joanne received excellent health care at every level during her over 3 year struggle with cancer. From the staff at Credit Valley Hospital to Princess Margaret Hospital to Toronto Western Hospital, she received speedy, professional and excellent care. I honestly can’t say anything negative in the overall treatment Joanne received. Sadly, Joanne succumbed to cancer but I want to state categorically, her death from cancer had nothing to do with any lack of health care or any deficiencies in her care. I find it callous, cold-hearted and opportunistic for Bernie Faber to use Joanne’s death for political gain. Joanne is missed by me and my son Jack everyday and it is a shame to have her struggle with cancer thrown around like a political football by a candidate who knows better.”
And you thought Bernie couldn’t get any douchier.
Scaramouche, far more eloquent than I, has written a poem in her post “Douche on the Loose”.