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CUPE has been applying pressure on the Maritimes premiers to get behind public health care.

In PEI, division president Donalda MacDonald met with Premier Pat Binns to deliver a strong message in advance of this weeks First Ministers meeting. She told the premier Canadians want an expanded public health care system where they can be assured that their tax dollars are going to patient care and essential support services and not corporate profits.

MacDonald also told the premier, Islanders deserve to know about the decisions which are being made that affect their health-care system. We believe the first key step to that necessary transparency is to open the First Ministers meeting next week to the public and the media.

In New Brunswick, CUPE called on Premier Bernard Lord to lead by example and stand up for the public delivery of health care services.

We want to leave no doubt in the premiers mind that it matters who owns our hospitals. We want accountability in health care spending and we dont want commercial confidentiality or government secrecy anywhere near the delivery of public health care, said Phillip Morgan of CUPE Local 1252 in a presentation to the premier Friday.