Ontario Premier Doug Ford accidentally swallowed a bee in the middle of a Friday news conference in Dundalk as he discussed the future of Canada’s health care system, defusing a potentially tense moment.
After stating “everything is on the tableregarding the controversial potential privatization of the state-run system, Ford was interrupted by the bug running down his throat.
“Good God, I just swallowed a bee!he exclaimed, apologizing to the laughing crowd of reporters for the interruption and correctly predicting that the show-stealing insect video would be “replayed again and again.”
“Man, he came down the hatchjoked the prime minister. “I’m going to scream tonight watching this tape… I can’t even remember what we’re talking about I’m going to rush to the hospital to get this bee out of here,” he said.
While Ford has insisted the Canadians will stay “100 per cent“Covered by the national health system, he called on the province to “To show creativity“to make ends meet, insisting they can’t”keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.”
Staffing shortages have forced emergency rooms across the country to close, sometimes for days at a time, leading Health Minister Sylvia Jones to threaten further privatization of the system. Ontario has the lowest ratio of nurses per capita in the country, with only 665 nurses per 100,000 population.
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While Ford and other advocates for a greater role for private companies in health care have insisted that services will remain free for all Canadians, critics fear that further privatization will create a two-tier system in which the poor are faced with”poor care, barriers to accessand longer wait times as qualified staff flee public clinics to take advantage of the private sector.
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