01 Apr April 1/2011 – Media Release: Open letter to the Minister on Canada Health Act Anniversary

Friday, 01 April 2011

Open Letter to Health Minister on 27th Anniversary of the Canada Health Act

Halifax, NS – April 1st, 2011 marks the 27th anniversary of the Canada Health Act.  The Act, and its five principles – Public Administration, Universality, Comprehensiveness, Accessibility, and Portability – form the cornerstone of public health care in Canada.

Marking the occasion, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, along with other organizations, has written an open letter to Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness.  The Health Network has long advocated for enshrining the five principles of the Act in provincial law, stopping the growth of private, for-profit health care and protecting access to care for all.

“Health Network activists have signed postcards, held events and info pickets, and hosted phone call potlucks to urge the politicians to act,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Today’s open letter helps demonstrate the wide range of support for enshrining the five principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial law.”

The open letter notes that the NDP has long been supportive of enshrining the Canada Health Act, including committing in a letter to the Health Network in April of 2009 that an NDP government would enshrine the principles of the Act.

“In 2001, then Health Critic, now Premier Darrell Dexter introduced the Protection of Medicare Act, which would have enshrined the principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial law,” says Ian Johnson, Vice Chair of the Health Network.  “The easiest way to protect public health care is to bring this piece of legislation back to the House.”

The open letter is available the Health Network’s website at Open Letter to Minister of Health.



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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott


Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

Work – (902) 406-9422

Cell – (902) 478-0239



About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:


Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.

The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.

The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.