Editors note: This letter to Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks was copied to The Pioneer.

Mr. Wilks,

The current Health Accord expires on March 31st, 2014, and the federal government is refusing to renegotiate it. Expiration of the accord will result in a $36 billion cut to public health care, and an additional $16.5 billion dollar cut to health care equalization payments.

One of the achievements of Canadians that was shared over many years is our health care system. I think your governments actions to lessen and disable, if not destroy it, is one of the most reprehensible policies it has followed. And I am pleased to say a significant cohort of Kootenay-Columbia voters agree with me.

You are not at all representing that cohort on this issue. I suppose you feel unable to support an improved health care system, given your governments stance, so who are you representing? However, I would certainly be pleased to hear any kind of protest from you against the refusal to renegotiate and extend the Health Accord.

Anne Edwards

Moyie, B.C.