Mar 26, 2014

CUPE raises alarm on lack of Health Accord

BURNABY - CUPE BC is joining the Canadian Health Coalition in a March 31 Day of Action against devastating federal cuts to our health care system.  The Federal-Provincial Health Accord expires on March 31 and the federal government has repeatedly refused to meet with the premiers to sign a new Accord.  Instead, the Conservatives plan to chop $36 billion from our public health care system.

The March 31 Day of Action also marks the launch of CUPE`s national Health Accord Campaign. CUPE and the Council of Canadians will target 10 Conservative MPs on public health care on March 31. The specific ridings will be announced on the Day of Action.  As well, CUPE will host a series of Health Accord town hall forums that CUPE president Paul Moist and CofC leader Maude Barlow will headline in April, May and June.

At stake is our public health care system - the Conservatives are removing funding as a first step in attacking the system with increased privatization and the creation of two-tiered access for Canadians.

Health Accord Day of Action events will take place across BC and the country.  Participate in events in your community:

Campbell River/Comox Valley — Rally at 3:30pm outside the office of John Duncan, Conservative MP for Vancouver Island North (1250F Cedar Street, Campbell River).

Contact: Rich Hagensen, Council of Canadians, [email protected], 250-286-3019


Kamloops — Meet at the Smorg deli by 3:30pm to march (about 3 blocks) to Conservative MP Cathy Macleod’s office. We will have speakers and signs and we will present her with one thousand signed postcards calling for a renewed and improved Canadian Health Accord. 

Contact: Rick Turner 250-819-5694 or Barb Nederpel 250-320-1635, [email protected]


Kelowna - Rally at MP Ron Cannan’s office, Capri Mall, 114-1835 Gordon Dr., Kelowna, 12-12:30PM.
Contact: Ken Robinson at 604-838-3844 or [email protected]


Nanaimo -11am Information Session at The Vault Cafe, 499 Wallace Street and 12pm Street Action at Terminal & Commercial.
Contact: Paul Manly at [email protected]


Princeton — Community rally at noon at Princeton’s Veterans Square. Show your support for public health care by bringing red umbrellas to the rally.
Contact: Ed Staples, Support Our Health Care (SOHC), [email protected], 250-295-0822


Vancouver - Rally at MP Wai Young’s office 6406 Victoria Dr., Vancouver, 9-9:30AM.
Contact: Bev Trynchy at 604-837-1433 or [email protected]


Richmond - Rally at MP Alice Wong’s office, 360-5951 No. 3 Rd., Richmond, 3:30-4PM.
Contact: David Huespe at 604-619-5124 or [email protected]


Surrey - Rally at MP Nina Grewal’s office, 201-15957 84 Ave., Surrey, 12-12:30PM.
Contact: Kelly Aujla at 604-626-8806 or [email protected]


For more information visit: and on Facebook  and Twitter at  #HealthAccord and #CdnMedicare


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