Canada's Choice May Be Free Trade Or Free Health Care

In 1990, when Bob Rae was elected as Ontario's first socialist premier, he planned to expand the generous social programs that already made Canada's key province a North American Sweden. But Ontario's deepest recession since the 1930s has dashed those dreams. Now, Rae is steeling himself for a Jan. 21 televised address, in which he will ask voters whether they would rather have cuts in those cherished programs or a jump in the budget deficit to over $10 billion, which would further undermine business confidence.

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