HALIFAX – Health care activists and supporters of Canada’s public Medicare system will be celebrating the birthday of Tommy Douglas this October 20th with a giant “two-tier” cake.
CUPE President Wayne Lucas says, “It’s a birthday party for Tommy Douglas starting at 6:30 am on Signal Hill. There will actually be two cakes; slices of one cake will be given away for free, while the second cake - symbolic of privatization – will be sold to the public.
“What better way to draw attention to the privatization of our health care system than with a two-tier birthday cake, where if your wallet is fat enough you can get speedier access to services,” says Lucas.
CUPE will also be participating in a town hall Meeting about Keeping Medicare Public on October 19 at 7:30 pm at the Fairmount Hotel.
Says Lucas, “As our birthday gift to Tommy Douglas, CUPE pledges to continue his work: protecting and improving the funding and delivery of our public health care system.”
(ATTENTION NEWS AND ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: The event will take place on Signal Hill at 6:30 am on October 20. Coffee and cake will be provided. In case of rain, the event will switch to the GEO centre.)
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