Judy Darcy, the leader of Canada’s largest union will be in Winnipeg tonight to join others at the Walker Theatre for a public Town Hall meeting on how Canadians can save health care.
“There is a demolition derby underway in this country – led by several right wing premiers, but with multinational health care corporations waiting in the wings,” says Judy Darcy, CUPE’s National President. “The fact is the wrecking ball is already swinging back and forth tearing down health care and other public services, and leaving a wide swath of destruction in its wake.”
The Town Hall meeting on health care coincides with the Romanow Commission public hearings being held in Winnipeg today. Darcy will join Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and Pete Hudson of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Manitoba) in the free public event hosted by performer Dean Jenkinson.
The Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada is holding 18 public hearings across the country under its mandate to examine the sustainability of Canada’s public health care system. Local representatives from CUPE Manitoba will make a presentation to the Commission this afternoon.
“While Commissioner Romanow is still drawing up a menu of options, Premiers Klein, Campbell and Harris are trying to set the table and serve up the main course, telling Canadians that private health care is the only menu we can afford,” says Darcy. “No Premier, no privatizer in this country has that right. It’s the people of Canada who must decide Medicare’s future.”
Who: CUPE National President Judy Darcy
When: Tonight, March 6 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Walker Theatre Town Hall meeting on health care
The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union representing more than a half-million women and men across the country including 180,000 members who work in health care.
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For more information, please contact:Anne McGrath, CUPE, National President’s Office,
cell: (613) 294-9326
Doreen Meyer, CUPE Communications, Ottawa: (613) 237-1590 ext. 266