“The fact is the wrecking ball is already swinging back and forth tearing down health care and other public services, and leaving a wide swath of destruction in its wake,” says Judy Darcy, CUPE’s National President. “And we have a major role to play in determining what the future of the public sector will look like – starting with Canada’s health care system. That’s why we’re joining with others to build the broadest coalition of citizens we have ever seen to save medicare – the mother of all common fronts. We need to build a groundswell of support, community by community, because that’s the only way we’re going to save our public health care system.”
And we have. As you look across the country you can see municipal workers, beside nurses, beside energy workers, beside school board workers, beside seniors and beside students working together to support a public system of health care. CUPE members have been leaders in their neighbourhoods. We are working together in coalitions going door-to-door signing postcards, hammering in campaign lawn signs, and making presentations to the Romanow commission speaking with a united voice.
On May 15, National Medicare Day, we will see expressions of the public’s vision of public health care. At Legislatures across the country members will gather to remind politicians – provincially and nationally – of their obligation to represent the public.
Amazing things are happening across the country. Enjoy a taste of CUPE’s activism and get involved. Medicare – It’s ours to Protect.