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Barlow addresses Canadian Federation of Nurses Union convention


Maude at CFNU

Barlow speaks to the CFNU convention this morning. Photo by David Climenhaga

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow addressed the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) biennial convention in Halifax this morning.

From Twitter, we see that she said:


  • “Stephen Harper has waged war on public health care.”

  • “If Tory vote suppression plans go through, 250,000 Canadians will be prevented from voting.”

  • “Harper’s ‘fair election act’ will further discourage voting.”

  • “We need to get the vote out. If young people were to vote, we’d have a more progressive government.”

  • “This government has fiercely adopted all the worst tenants of economic globalization.”

  • “The government is clear cutting civil society, movements that are so important to our democracy.”

Yesterday, Barlow was presented with the prestigious Bread and Roses Award by the CFNU in recognition of her outstanding contributions to policy and decision-making, raising public awareness, lobbying governments, and educating members and the public. More on that here.

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions represents close to 200,000 nurses and student nurses and advances solutions to improve patient care, working conditions and our public health care system. To learn more about the CFNU, please click here.