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Manitoba premier Gary Doer says he agrees with CUPE’s campaign to rebuild Canada’s public health care system. Speaking at an informal meeting, Doer told CUPE’s National Officers and staff that health care is the issue and that his government is “going to put the heat on” Health Minister Allan Rock.

Doer, responding to National President Judy Darcy’s call “to not let the federal government off the hook,” said his government would “continue to connect the cuts in health care to the federal cuts in the ’95 budget.”

“If we are just going to give a tax cut to stock brokers in Toronto, it’s immoral,” Doer said.

Darcy gave the Manitoba NDP credit for their “decisive actions” against Workfare and YNN, the Youth News Network which is lobbying hard for access to Manitoba’s school children.

As well, the Manitoba government has recently axed eight vice-presidents collapsing Winnipeg’s two health care boards into one.

“We believe there should be more people working at the front lines of health care and less at the establishments created by the Tories,” Doer said.