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Frustrated Nelson members of the Hospital Employees’ Union (CUPE) will hold a rally outside MLA Blair Suffredine’s constituency office today after he cancelled a meeting they had arranged as part of MLA Accountability Week.

The HEU members wanted to ask some important questions about Pharmacare and the fates of Mount St. Francis Hospital and Willowhaven Private Hospital, said Lorraine Saliken, chair of the Nelson (Kootenay Lake) HEU local.

After canceling the group meeting with the health care workers, the MLA said he would meet with them one at a time on Saturday morning if they booked appointments.

Not good enough, says Saliken, because many of them work on Saturdays.

So because their MLA will not meet with them, they are going to go ahead with a rally today. “We are rallying, but really we just wanted to talk to him,” says Saliken. “You’d think he would want to listen to us and take our very real concerns back to his government. People here are very angry at him for not being available to do just this - answer questions,” she said.

Ralliers will gather in front of the Nelson HEU office at 5:00 p.m. at 745 Baker St. and march to Suffredine’s office at 540 Baker St. at 5:15 p.m.

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