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With the Romanow report now in, Canadians are looking to the Prime Minister for a clear commitment to action.

We have the roadmap. We have the vehicle. The question is do we have a driver? asks CUPE National President Judy Darcy.

Last week, Canadians were on Romanow watch. This week we start Chrt0069en watch, says Darcy. The Prime Minister doesn’t have much time to repair the damage his government has done to health care through budget cuts and neglect. We’re watching closely and counting the days.

Romanow’s report calls for an infusion of $8.5 billion over the next two years to expand public health care. But the initial response from politicians has been mixed.

Canadians are sick and tired of bickering among politicians, says Darcy. The federal government plays hide-the-surplus while some provincial premiers channel precious health care dollars to their corporate friends. We’re saying enough. We want action on health care and we want it now.

This week, CUPE’s National Health Care Issues Committee is meeting in Ottawa to confirm a plan of action to mobilizing members across the country to put pressure on the federal and provincial governments to strengthen public health care.

One part of this plan is a People’s Summit to take place in Ottawa, February 7 to 10. This weekend will include a policy forum on the Friday, the Summit itself on the Saturday and Sunday and a lobby day on Parliament Hill on the Monday.

As well, CUPE health care workers will be meeting in Ottawa on February 6 and 7.