Warning message

Please note that this page is from our archives. There may be more up-to-date content about this topic on our website. Use our search engine to find out.

HALIFAX – Health care activists and supporters of Canada’s public Medicare system will be celebrating the birthday of Tommy Douglas this October 20th with a giant “two-tier” cake.

CUPE President Wayne Lucas says, “It’s a birthday party for Tommy Douglas starting at 6:30 am on Signal Hill. There will actually be two cakes; slices of one cake will be given away for free, while the second cake - symbolic of privatization – will be sold to the public.

What better way to draw attention to the privatization of our health care system than with a two-tier birthday cake, where if your wallet is fat enough you can get speedier access to services,” says Lucas.

CUPE will also be participating in a town hall Meeting about Keeping Medicare Public on October 19 at 7:30 pm at the Fairmount Hotel.

Says Lucas, “As our birthday gift to Tommy Douglas, CUPE pledges to continue his work: protecting and improving the funding and delivery of our public health care system.”

(ATTENTION NEWS AND ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: The event will take place on Signal Hill at 6:30 am on October 20. Coffee and cake will be provided. In case of rain, the event will switch to the GEO centre.)

For information

Wayne Lucas
President, CUPE NL.
(514) 842-9463
(514) 707-0106 (Cell)

Michèle Blais
Agente d’information SFMM (SCFP).
(709) 727-2509 (Cell)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (O)