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National President Paul Moist hosted a major meeting of national organizations this week to discuss plans for a joint national campaign to protect and enhance our public health care system.

“Public health care is Canadians’ proudest achievement,” Moist said. “We embrace it as a social right in Canada, one that speaks to our best values of fairness, pragmatism, inclusion and hope.”

Underscoring these values will be a major feature of the coming campaign, Moist said following the gathering of public and private sector unions, social movement organizations and provincial health coalitions. It marked the first time in years these groups have met face to face to plan health care campaigning.

The aim is to make health care a major issue in the lead-up to the next federal election. The organizations will meet again soon to flesh out campaign targets, timelines and resources, and increase daily communication among the groups.

“It was important to share our insights and experiences to help us work better together,” Moist said. “For that, it was a very successful meeting and points the way forward. CUPE is proud to be part of it.”

A “solidarity statement” flowing out of the meeting is forthcoming.

Stay tuned for more updates!