Stand for Health

Niagara on the Lake, ON

July 25, 2013

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Stand for Health
July 25, 2013

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
July 25, 2013

Natalie Mehra
Ontario Health Coalition Director

"Welcome everybody. We are here, a block away from where all the premiers from the territories and provinces across Canada are meeting. We are here to get healthcare on the agenda of that premiers meeting. We are here to tell them this; We will support you, Canadians are behind you as long as you standup with us and tell the Harper Government that we expect him to get back to the table, negotiate with the premiers and bring in a new health accord for Canada."

Paul Moist
CUPE National President

"As Canadians we don't accept ratcheting down funding. We call on Canada's premiers and territorial leaders to stand together, demand that Harper fund healthcare."

Micheal McBane
Canadian Health Coalition National Coordinator

"The Harper Government has set in motion a strategy which will unravel medicare if we don't stop him. Eighty percent of Canadians, according to a poll released a couple of days ago, want Prime Minister Stephen Harper to convene a first ministers meeting to secure the future of healthcare. Brothers and sisters without federal leadership there will be no future national medicare system."

 Maude Barlow
Council of Canadians National Chairperson

"I think we've decided that the very top of Stephen Harper's enemy list is public healthcare. This man has plans to remove the federal government from public healthcare funding. It is going to lead to the end of our system as we've understood it. It is going to lead to privatization of services and it is going to lead to many, many more people being turned away from the healthcare they need."

Elisabeth Ballerman
Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat Co-Chair

"We must not allow this government or any government to destroy our healthcare system because that opens the door to corporatization and for profit healthcare and if you think we can't afford medicare we sure as hell can't afford corporate care."

Sid Ryan
Ontario Federation of Labour President

"Medicare is worth fighting for. Medicare is worth standing up for. It actually is the one social program that unites us as a country. It is the one social program that we identify with as Canadians. Don't let them take it away my friends, stand-up for Medicare."

Ken Lewenza
CAW National President

"Mister Harper Canadians are speaking today directly to you and your Tory Government to provide the support that is necessary for universal accessible healthcare beginning in our hospitals going into our long term care facilities, protecting those that need healthcare regardless of whether they have a credit card in their wallet or not.

Don't buy their rhetoric that healthcare is unaffordable in 2013. It is affordable and it is more necessary today in 2013 then it was in 1950. So brothers and sisters let's continue the fight, let's continue our determination, let's continue our commitment and let's win justice for all Canadians."

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