The public health care system that defines us as Canadians is being quietly dismantled. The federal government has disbanded the Canada Health Council and ignored the calls of the provinces and territories to renegotiate the health accord. Shockingly, they have announced $36 billion worth of health care cuts that will come into effect after the 2015 election, making it impossible for BC and other provinces to maintain even current levels of health care.
The Council of Canadians and the Hospital Employees Union are organising a concentrated campaign in October to inform voters in the new North Island and Courtenay-Alberni ridings of the damage that is being done to public health care.
To accomplish this we need volunteers.
Thousands of flyers with information will be delivered to households via Canada Post. Several thousand more will be distributed at malls, at events, and door-to-door in some communities. Information will be taken to meetings of community organizations, unions and seniors groups; and to any other group that voices an interest.
Beginning October 1st , one hour information sessions are being offered for those who want to volunteer, or just want to learn more. The sessions will be offered both during the day and in the evening.
There will be work for those who can make phone calls or staff a table in a mall or at an event. There will be work for those who are good with computers. There will be something for everyone!
The aim of the campaign is to ensure an informed electorate who will make health care a central issue in the 2015 federal election. The Harper Conservatives need to know that Canadians value our public health care system.
Please respond by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Barb at 250-338-4067 if you can join in this work. Let us know whether you prefer a daytime or evening information session, during the week or on the weekend. If you can get a few people together at your home or workplace we can also bring the session to you.
Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, will be part of an expert panel discussing the threats to our public health care system – and what each of us can do to protect it.
When: Tuesday, October 21 7-9pm
Where: Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay
Panel:Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians
Paul Moist, national president of C U P E
Dr. Duncan Etches, Canadian Doctors for Medicare
Barb Biley, regional vice-president, H E U