In a surprise announcement this afternoon, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis announced that the premiers are asking the federal government to finally step up to the plate and cover at least 25 per cent of all health care spending by the provinces and territories.
The Council of Canadians and allies will be holding a demonstration in St John’s to remind our premiers and territorial leaders of their responsibility to protect, strengthen and expand our national public health care.
As the premiers convene for the Council of the Federation next week in Newfoundland and Labrador next week, the Council of Canadians is available to comment on the need to negotiate a new health accord and restore $36 billion in health care cuts scheduled to come into full effect after this fall’s federal election. Almost $1 billion has already been cut since the accord expired in 2014.
The Council of Canadians London chapter recently participated in a regional day of action protest against health care cuts and privatization.
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow was presented with the prestigious Bread and Roses Award this afternoon by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union.