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Thousands of people marched through Brampton and Ottawa Saturday to stop the privatization of Ontario hospitals.

“Every dollar today making profits is a dollar less for front-line services, a dollar less for more beds in our hospitals, a dollar less for more nurses in our hospitals,” CUPE Ontario President

Sid Ryan told a rally of 300 community and labour groups sponsored by the Ontario Health Coalition.

Ryan and Wayne Samuelson, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour, led about 3,000 marchers 2.5 kilometers to the front doors of Brampton City hall to protest privatization at the William Osler hospital.

In Ottawa, a few hundred demonstrators gathered at the Royal Ottawa Hospital also planning a P3 (Public Private Partnership) to build a new facility.

Ontario Health Minister Tony Clement is promoting the construction of hospitals to be run by for-profit corporations and leased back to the public in 30 to 60-year leases.