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Local PC candidate firing back after Liberals accuse her of touting private healthcare

Dr. Merrilee Fullerton could be the next health minister of Ontario, if her party wins the provincial election, and now says she is "100% committed to Ontario's public health care system."
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Kanata-Carleton PC Candidate Dr. Merrilee Fullerton. Photo/ Merrilee Fullerton Twitter

Kanata-Carleton Progressive Conservative Party Candidate Dr. Merrilee Fullerton is changing her stance regarding private versus public healthcare.

She is expected to be named Ontario's health minister if Progressive Conservative Party Leader Doug Ford wins this June's election, and has gone on the record in the past, saying she would replace the province's universal healthcare system with two-tier private health care. 

In a 2013 video posted by the Association of American Physician and Surgeons, Fullerton said, "There's people that are perfectly capable of paying, would like to pay and, you know, there's all sorts of options that you could do for pooling, cooperative, types of insurance and yet the government won't allow that to happen."

In that same video, she cautioned anyone in the U.S. not to adopt the Ontario system.

The Ontario Liberal Party released a statement this morning, condemning those ideas. It believes a private system would only ensure that rich Ontarians would be able to use their wealth to secure better, faster healthcare.

However, Fullerton responded to the Liberal attack Wednesday morning in a tweet:

Fullerton and the Progressive Conservative Party turned down an opportunity to discuss the issue on 1310 NEWS' The Rick Gibbons Show, Wednesday.

Listen to Liberal MPP Candidate for Ottawa South & Former Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Health & Long-Term Care John Fraser on The Rick Gibbons Show:

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