Canada’s federal party leaders have been near silent on health care in the early weeks of the federal election campaign, despite the importance of the issue to voters.
Fifty-eight per cent of respondents said heath care was one of the top three issues in determining their vote, ahead of jobs, economic management and taxes, according to an Abacus survey of 1,500 Canadians aged 18 or older done in June.
The issue was particularly important to Canadians aged 60 and older, with 61 per cent listing health care as a deciding factor in their vote. But even millennials consider health care a major concern — 52 per cent of respondents aged 18-29 said it was a top-three issue.
Despite those numbers and the prominence of health care in past elections, party leaders have largely avoided discussing it since the campaign began on Aug. 2.
‘A slow start’ for health care
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