Thousands March In Toronto Against P3 Hospitals

Toronto, Ontario

April 6, 2004


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Thousands March In Toronto Against P3 Hospitals
Thousands March In Toronto Against P3 Hospitals
dated April 6, 2004

Toronto, Ontario
April 3, 2004

       A sea of blue flags marked the large contingent of CAW members from across Ontario among the thousands of heathcare activists and other unions' members gathered at Nathan Phillip Square in the heart of Toronto April 3rd. They were there for a march to Queens Park to protest the Ontario Liberal government's plans to build for profit hospitals known as P3 facilities. Peggy Nash. assistant to CAW National President Buzz Hargrove, headed the CAW contingent.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "We're here today because our members know very well, there's no place for profit in our healthcare system. Ask any worker in the healthcare system about the cut backs, about the job losses, about the lack of services, especially in the private nursing homes. You can't mix profit with good health care, we know that."

       The thousands of healthcare activitsts and union members gathered on the lawn in front of Queen Park. Nash challenged them to continue the fight in the weeks and months ahead.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "If we want to stop P 3s our job is to talk to our family members, to talk to our neighbours, to talk to our co-workers, to talk to everyone that we know and tell them what we know which is that public-private partnerships put profits before people and it will destroy our Medicare system."

       Nash, who is running as an NDP candidate in the federal riding of parkdale- High Park said healthcare isn't just a provincial concern, it is a national issue and people should remember who the true champions of Medicare in Canada are.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "Paul Martin will not defend Medicare. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will not defend Medicare, but Jack Layton and the NDP, and Peggy Nash are going to be out there fighting to defend Medicare."

       Toronto City councilor Olivia Chow told the crowd the City of Toronto has rejected privatization of its nursing homes and of its water system and will do the same to protect its healthcare system.

Olivia Chow
Toronto City Councilor

       "We're not privatizing our public health system. So we are here behind all of you, our mayor and the citizens of Toronto, right behind you saying keep our hospitals public. We do not want P3 and we want Medicare kept public, belonging to the citizens of Toronto."

       The peaceful demonstration left a clear message for the Ontario Liberal government of Dalton McGinty. P3 and for profit hospitals are not acceptable. "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Privatization has got to go! Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Privatization has got to go!"

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