Lobby group to focus on constitutional challenge of privatizing extramural care program

A Francophone lobby group is giving up its pursuit of a judicial review and is instead focusing on a constitutional challenge of the provincial government decision to hand management of the extramural care program over to a private company.

The review was to get under way next week, however Egalite Sante en Francais' Dr. Hubert Dupuis says his group likely would have lost because of new legislation adopted buy the province last month.

Instead the group will argue the move violates a section of the Charter granting Anglophone and Francophone communities control over 'such distinct cultural institutions as are necessary'.

That section of the Charter applies to education.

Applying it to the health care system has never been tested in this province.

(with files from CBC)