Video tackles Liberal’s deep tax cut pledge

`Health care or tax cuts?’ spotlights impact of Harris tax cut agenda on Medicare in Ontario

With an election just around the corner, the Hospital Employees’ Union says a new video it’s produced dispels the notion that Gordon Campbell’s tax cut pledge will bring peace, prosperity and good health care to British Columbia.

“This has been an important project,” says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt, “because it highlights the choices that HEU members and all British Columbians face come election day.”

The 20-minute video, called Health care or tax cuts?, is based on the front-line experiences of Ontario health care workers who have battled against the devastating impacts of Mike Harris’ tax cuts. “Their stories,” says Allnutt, “are concrete proof that Gordon Campbell’s pledge to wield the same axe to tax levels in B.C. has profound implications for our health care system.

“You can’t cut taxes like Campbell proposes and protect health care and other important social programs. It just doesn’t add up,” Allnutt says.

The video takes on the central myth in Campbell’s tax cut blueprint: that lower taxes will generate higher government revenue that will mean even more money for health care and education. It also explores the flip side of tax cuts — the increased user fees and other offloaded costs that in Ontario meant the average family paid more in new fees than they received through a tax cut.

Health care or tax cuts? will be broadcast March 23 on Working TV, the labour-based cable TV program, in the Lower Mainland. All HEU locals will be receiving a copy soon. See below for more detailed viewing information.

Want to see it? 

  • Health care or tax cuts? will be broadcast on Working TV in the Lower Mainland Friday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Shaw TV Cable 4, and again Monday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m.
  • outside the Lower Mainland, surf to to find out about the cable broadcast schedule for Health care or tax cuts? in your community
  • you can watch the video over the web, by downloading it from
  • copies will be sent to all HEU locals March 29. Additional copies can be ordered from Gail Paquette, HEU’s communications department at 734-3431, local 813 or 1-800-663-5813