Read this article
- Access statistics
- 1,013 article downloads
- 1,411 complete issue downloads
- Total: 2,424
Here, as requested, I tell of my most regretted statement, which was, “Canada is the Sweden of the Americas.” For years, during my time as Canada’s Minister of National Health & Welfare and afterwards, I had thought and declared that Canada was highly advanced among developed countries in its general provision of social benefits. I later learned that I had been overstating the generosity of the Canadian system. There is today an urgent need for Canada to re-balance its budget away from spending on its health care system and toward welfare and social policies.