Madam Speaker, I appreciate the comments of my colleague across the way, but I do not necessarily agree with them.
The constituents I represent believe that the federal government does have a role to play in health care services. Whether in Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Halifax or any rural community, I believe there is a high sense of expectation that the federal government will work with other jurisdictions to ensure there is a national health care system. Therefore, if one goes from one province to another, one can at least anticipate what to expect.
Provinces will change, which is why we have the Canada Health Act. Many of my constituents are very upset with the direction in which health care is going. I try to influence where I can.
Would the member opposite agree with the view of constituents, whom she represents as well, that the national government has a role to play in health care other than just providing money? As representatives, we have a sense of what our constituents want. I believe that even some of the member's constituents would want Ottawa to have a presence in health care.