M2003.109.33 | Battered Taxpayer

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Drawing, cartoon
Battered Taxpayer
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1999, 20th century
Ink and felt pen
23.5 x 23.5 cm
Gift of Mrs. Mary Hughson-Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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Keys to History

This cartoon provides a reminder of the huge number of patients forced to spend time in hospital corridors. Promises from politicians, who seem incapable of solving the conundrum, ultimately make the public more cynical about the issue.

  • What

    A host of factors, including an aging population and severe budget cuts, have exacerbated the problems involved in providing health care to Canadians. This issue became a top priority for voters in the 1990s.

  • Where

    Hospital corridors crowded with patients lying on gurneys have become a symbol of the inefficiency of Canada's health care system.

  • When

    This cartoon was published when the provinces were waiting for federal transfer payments for health care that had been promised by Jean Chrétien's Liberal government.

  • Who

    The patient is calling the federal Department of Finance to ask what Paul Martin meant when he said "soon." Martin, a Liberal, was Canada's minister of finance from 1993 to 2002.