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Participants at the lively town hall meeting held in Calgary October 9 were clear in their determination to Go Public! and stop the spread of privatization in health care, education and other vital public services.

Community members, who packed the union hall, shared their concerns – and solutions – drawing inspiration from community successes that have kept Calgary’s power public and scrapped a P3 school in Edmonton.

“Calgary is private health care’s boom town,” said CUPE National President Judy Darcy, who moderated the forum. “Giving the Health Resource Centre the green light as Alberta’s first private hospital is like handing the owners a license to print money on the backs of poor and sick people.”

“Communities feel the devastating impact of privatization most directly. They’re also an incredibly powerful force to resist and reverse privatization,” said CUPE Alberta President Yvonne Fast. “CUPE members across Alberta have been on the front lines fighting privatization and winning some great victories.”