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Winnipeg – Manitobans will be demonstrating outside the constituency offices of Conservative Members of Parliament in Winnipeg, on Monday, March 31, calling for a new federal Health Accord.

The 10-year Health Accord negotiated between the federal and provincial governments in 2004 expires on Monday, and the federal Conservatives have refused to negotiate a new Health Accord with the provinces. With the expiration of the Health Accord, Manitoba stands to lose $1.3 billion from health care funding over the next ten years.

“The expiration of the Health Accord puts our system of public health care at risk,” says CUPE Manitoba President Kelly Moist, “Canadians value public health care and we expect the government to protect it”.

Two rallies are organized in Winnipeg:

  • Elmwood –Transcona Member of Parliament Lawrence Toet’s constituency office, 127 Regent Avenue West;
  • Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia & Headingley Member of Parliament Steven Fletcher’s constituency office, Unit A – 3111 Portage Avenue.

Both events take place from 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm on Monday, March 31, 2014.

CUPE represents approximately 8,000 health care support workers across Manitoba, including hospitals, long-term care homes, and community clinics. The campaign to save public health is organized by CUPE and the Council of Canadians.

For more information on the federal Health Accord, visit saveourhealthcare.ca.