…is encapsulated in this short CBC story.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is set to undergo heart surgery this week in the United States.
CBC News confirmed Monday that Williams, 59, left the province earlier in the day and will have surgery later in the week.
The premier’s office provided few details, beyond confirming that he would have heart surgery and saying that it was not necessarily a routine procedure.
So, nobody can do it in St. Johns or Mt. Pearl? OK, maybe not. I mean, it’s Newfoundland, for Cripes sake! But, still, no room at a Halifax or or Moncton hospital, eh? Nobody qualified to perform the procedure in Quebec, Montreal, Ottowa or Toronto?
How is it that the Canadian health care system is just fine for all the little people, but when a provincial premier hears the thump of mortality in his chest, it’s off to Cedars-Sinai, Sloan-Kettering, or Mayo?
‘S’funny how that works, huh?
But don’t worry. When we get our free health care down here in the US, everything will be tiddly.