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OTTAWA More than 400 Canadians from every province, gathered in Ottawa this past weekend for the People’s Summit on Health Care, were unanimous in rejecting the health care deal struck last week by the First Ministers.

Determined to defend and strengthen public, not-for-profit delivery of health care for all, delegates from unions, health coalitions, social action groups and their allies promised to mobilize a firestorm of reaction, pressing the federal and provincial governments to protect public health care from privatization in all its forms and ensure not a penny of our public health dollar is directed to corporate profits. The groups vowed to intensify their actions, escalating resistance at the local, provincial and national level.

Representatives of the sponsoring organizations for the People’s Summit are appearing before the Standing Committee on Health on Monday, 10 February at 3:30 p.m. to tell MPs they reject the health care deal and outline actions they will be taking to oppose it.

Speakers will be available for interviews before and after the Committee hearing.

Monday, February 10, 2003
3:15 p.m.
Room 371, West Block
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa


For further information:
Kaj Hasselriis - (613) 798-6925
Robert Fox - (613) 795-4977 or (613) 237-1590 ext 264