Posted: Sep 28, 2011 8:08 AM AT
Last Updated: Sep 28, 2011 7:59 AM AT
A fledgling political party on P.E.I. is proposing a trade arrangement
with Cuba that would see doctors come to Canada in exchange for potatoes.
Jason MacGregor says his trade plan would help farmers as well.Jason
MacGregor says his trade plan would help farmers as well. Courtesy of
Jason MacGregor, 23, is the candidate for the Island Party in
Souris-Elmira, where a shortage of doctors shut down the emergency
department in the local hospital in 2006. This week, he presented the
Island Party's plan for fixing that problem.
"Our idea is to put in place a trade agreement between Cuba and P.E.I.,
where we'll send them so many potatoes in exchange for enough doctors to
reopen our ER in Souris," said MacGregor.
MacGregor believes the plan is a perfect fit for problems in both Cuba
and P.E.I. Cuba has a potato shortage but a strong medical system, while
P.E.I. needs doctors and has plenty of potatoes.
MacGregor said Cuba already has similar agreements in place for other
resources. The country has sent Cuban doctors and nurses to Venezuela in
exchange for oil.
The plan would also help farmers, said MacGregor, providing a new outlet
for surplus potatoes and strengthening the market overall.