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Taking a break from a busy Ontario Division convention CUPE’s leaders lead a significant number of the more than 750 delegates and guests to the annual convention on a walk down to the Detroit River to rally in support of publicly-delivered public services.

As he pointed across the Detroit River to the downtown skyline, CUPE National President Paul Moist told a rally of delegates to the CUPE Ontario convention in Windsor: “We know 40 million Americans have no health care coverage. For those in Canada who want to experiment with privatization, we don’t want that system. We want a fully public Canadian system where the size of your wallet doesn’t dictate the quality of your health care.”

CUPE Ontario will make health care privatization a key issue in this fall’s provincial election. The McGuinty government’s local health integration networks (LHINs) are opening the door for consolidation and privatization of jobs for everyone from hospital workers to personal support workers providing home care.