Dr. John Haggie, President, Canadian Medical Association
and Pat Martin, MP Winnipeg Centre
"If you are at the bottom 10th percentile of income in this country, your disease-free life expectancy at birth - that period of time you can expect to live before you develop chronic health disease - is 52 years. The Canadian average is 68 years. If you are in the top 10 percent of family revenue in this country, your average disease-free life expectancy at birth is 78 years - a difference of 26 years, best to worse. When it comes to the well-being of Canadians, the old saying that wealth equals health continues to ring true."
- Dr. John Haggie, past-president of the Canadian Medical Association in an address to NDP MPs Thursday morning in St. John's during the party's national caucus.