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Fed up with federal inaction in defence of our public health care system, CUPE is taking the Chrt0069en government to court for its failure to live up to its obligations under the Canada Health Act.
In a news conference broadcast live across the country November 22nd, National President Judy Darcy announced CUPE was filing a court application to force Federal Health Minister Anne McLellan to comply with her responsibilities.

Clearly this government acts only when it’s forced to, so we’re taking them to court, said Darcy. Our public health care system is too important, too vital to our families, our communities, our economy and our country to allow them to continue their negligence.

Their inaction is jeopardizing our ability as Canadians to get health care when and where we need it.

CUPE is joined in this action by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Health Coalition.

In a letter to Federal Health Minister Anne McLellan, the groups point out that the federal government has failed in its statutory responsibilities to report on and enforce compliance with the principles that safeguard the public health care.

For years, we’ve demanded action, said Darcy. But we get nothing on the enforcement front, on the privatization front and on the trade protection front. We’re determined through this court action to press for action to protect public health care.

To learn more about the court action and CUPE’s demands of the government, visit cupe.ca.