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Barlow warns Corner Brook about Harper’s health care cuts

Corner Brook

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) national president Paul Moist spoke in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador this evening.

Prior to the event, Barlow tweeted:

From the town hall, Council of Canadians health care campaigner Michael Butler tweeted these quotes from Barlow:

  • “Harper has a sneaky plan to cut $36 billion from health care coming in after election to destroy Medicare.” 

  • “In a decade we won’t have public Medicare if Harper has his way.”

  • “Every generation has to fight for Medicare and demand it. Don’t believe the ideology that it’s too expensive.”

  • “Profit is not the cure for what ails our system. We need to pass a whole system to the next generation.’

  • “We not only have the right to Medicare, but to expand pharmacare, long-term care, First Nations health, and more.”

Maude in Corner BrookAnd Council of Canadians Board member Pam Beattie tweeted these remarks by Barlow:

  • “Over 90% of Canadians want public health care. Harper’s cuts will hit after the election.”

  • “We don’t have to live with cuts. It’s ideology.”

  • “CETA will mean $1.5 billion a year more in drug costs. Must stop it. We have the right to expand health care.”

This past weekend, an op-ed by Barlow and Moist was published in the Corner Brook Western Star. In that piece, they stated, “Everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador should be asking Members of Parliament – and candidates in the upcoming federal elections – what they are doing to stand up to protect health care.”


That federal election is scheduled to take place on October 19, 2015.


To date, there have been eleven other successful CUPE-Council of Canadians town hall meetings in Winnipeg (April 17), Moncton (April 23), Bridgewater (April 29), Regina (June 23), North Bay (June 24), Charlottetown (August 26), Oshawa (September 4), Sault Ste. Marie (September 18), Campbell River (October 20), Courtenay (October 21), and St. John’s (December 1).


For more on our campaign to defend and expand public health care, please click here.

Photos by Michael Butler.