Parties in the case are calling it the most significant constitutional challenge in Canadian history. In
2009 Dr. Brian Day, owner of Vancouver's for-profit Cambie Surgery Centre and leading proponent of
for-profit health care, launched a constitutional challenge that could erase the foundation of Canadian
Medicare as we know it—a health care system based on need, not ability to pay. The challenge is set to
go to trial spring or fall 2014, will likely end up in the Supreme Court of Canada, and may produce the
defining Charter interpretation that will apply across the country.
The BC Health Coalition, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, two patients, and one physician joined
together to gain intervenor status in the case. The group believes that BC needs improvements that
make public health care better for everyone, not the expansion of for-profit health care that benefits
only a very wealthy elite. Come and hear from representatives and legal counsel for the intervenor
group about this critical threat to fair and equitable health care in Canada.