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Rank and file activists are lining up to work on the national Medicare campaign. In Winnipeg, two CUPE members – Gerry Flood, Local 110 and Mike Davidson, Local 500 – have recently been booked off to help coordinate members’ efforts in the door-to-door canvass in the city.

Members are hoping that the campaign will make the most difference in the St. Boniface riding where a federal by-election is taking place. “Manitobans want to keep health care for people not for profit and that’s the message CUPE members will deliver,” said Paul Moist, Division President and CUPE General Vice President. CUPE canvassers will be reminding voters to take the vision of a stronger public system of health care to the polls.

At the recent Manitoba convention, Judy Darcy spoke to delegates about the need to protect Medicare at both the federal and provincial levels of government. “We are looking to Premier Doer to take a strong stand against privatization in all its forms and to continue to set a very strong example for the country as Manitoba did when it passed legislation to ban public funding of private clinics in the province”, says Darcy. “Manitoba needs to lead the fight in defending public health care for all Canadians for generations to come.” For more information, contact Allen Bleich at (204) 942-0343.