25 Jul July 25 – Media Release: Premiers Puppet Parade
Premiers: Don’t Be Puppets. Stand Up To Stephen Harper. Protect Public Health Care!
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network says Canadians want Premiers to stand up to Stephen Harper and protect public health care. The Premiers are meeting from July 25-27 in Halifax as the Council of the Federation.
The Health Network and Council of Canadians teamed up with Puppets Et Cetera! a local theatre troupe, to produce 10 life size puppets of Canada’s Premiers. Our message to the Premiers is clear – Don’t be puppets. Stand up to Stephen Harper. Protect public health care.
“Many of Canada’s Premiers have already been speaking out against Harper’s $31 billion cut to public health care,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “We’re taking action during the Council of the Federation meetings to show Canadians are watching and we expect action to protect, strengthen and extend public health care.”
The Premiers Puppet Parade begins at 1:00 pm in front of the Spring Garden Road Library and will march to the waterfront.
“This could be the last time Premiers meet to discuss the 2014 Health Accord”, says Adrienne Silnicki, Health Care Campaigner for the Council of Canadians. “It’s imperative that Harper return to the negotiating table or Canada will lose universal public health care.”
Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians will address the crowd.
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For more information please contact:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
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.