Alex Paterson

Archives: Philipe Couillard on our health system

April 9, 2014

CWW Health Panel

In 2011, Canada 2020 published its first book, The Canada We Want in 2020: Toward a strategic policy roadmap for the federal government. In it, Canada 2020 brought together a series expert authors – some solo, some in pairs – to write about 5 areas of federal government policy that we felt mattered to Canada’s future: increasing innovation and productivity, reducing income inequality, squaring the carbon circle, rising to meet the Asia challenge, and lastly, securing our health system for the future.

To kick off the book’s final chapter on health, Canada 2020 asked Dr. Philippe Couillard to provide some historical context on Canada’s “broken” health care system.

Then, Dr. Couillard was out of politics, working as an adviser at the SECOR Group.

Today, he is the newly elected Premier of Quebec, having just won an impressive majority mandate for the Quebec Liberal Party.

His essay, Lessons from 2004, Perspectives for 2014, offers a glimpse into the new Premier’s policy thinking, not just on the issue of health, but on his overall approach to making choices in government. And really, that is what The Canada We Want in 2020 project is all about: identifying the kinds of strategic choices a government must make to ensure long-term prosperity.

It’s an interesting read: you can download his chapter here.

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