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TORONTO – Today at noon, hundreds of CUPE members from across the country will demonstrate in front of the Ontario Hospital Association, to protest Ernie Eves’ push for privatized health care, and the OHA’s support for his plans.

“Yesterday’s bogus budget at a private facility proves that the Tories have no respect for public institutions, and that includes our health care centres,” says Judy Darcy, National President of CUPE. “Ernie Eves is planning to build private hospitals, but we’re mobilizing to stop him.”

Adds CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan: “Over 300 CUPE members, many of them health care workers, are in Toronto for CUPE’s national anti-privatization conference. We’re all going to speak with one voice at this rally, to say no to privatized medicine.”

The rally begins at noon, in front of the Ontario Hospital Association’s main headquarters, 200 Front Street West. Speakers will include Darcy and Ryan, as well as Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, and CUPE representatives from British Columbia, where the BC government is attempting to implement privatized health care.

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For more information, contact:
Kaj Hasselriis, CUPE Communications
Robert Fox, CUPE Communications