Stand Up for Public Health Care!

June 17, 2013, 2:21 PM EST

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Premiers from across Canada are going to Niagara-on-the-Lake from July 24 to 25 to participate in the Council of the Federation meetings. This is a particularly important Council of the Federation meeting as it is the last before the expiration of the National Health Accord in 2014.

The Harper government has signaled its retreat from the federal government's role as a supporter of social programs and services that Canadians need.  Key programs like health care are facing cuts and national standards are being abandoned.

So far, the Harper government has done nothing to uphold single-tier public Medicare. The government is threatening to back away from upholding national health care standards, improving drug coverage and home/community care, and ensuring stable and adequate funding for health care.  Harper's planning on renewing the National Health Accord, but with no consultation from provincial governments, health care providers and citizens - those who deliver and access health care each and every day.

The CAW is joining with the Council of Canadians, Ontario Health Coalition and Canadian Health Coalition and urging all members to participate in a People's Shadow Summit (July 24 and 25) and mass rally (July 25) to protect national public health care.

CAW National President Ken Lewenza will be a guest speaker at the rally on July 25.  If you wish to attend the rally, buses are being organized in various communities.  For bus information contact CAW Health Care Director Katha Fortier at:

For more information, visit:

Download the leaflet here.

Let's send a message to Canada's premiers:  Stand up for public health care!

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