14 May May 14/10 – Media Release: Health Network Launches Postcard Campaign
Friday, 14 May 2010 Health Network Launches Postcard Campaign for Canada Health Act
Halifax, NS – Members and Activists with the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network will hold actions in various towns and communities around Nova Scotia this coming weekend in a bid to hold the new NDP government to a promise to enshrine the Canada Health Act in provincial legislation.
“The NDP needs to act immediately to enshrine the principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial legislation,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “We need to protect the public health care system from further attempts at privatization.”
The Health Network is launching a postcard campaign to highlight the issue. The postcard has images of Tommy Douglas, father of Medicare, and Darrell Dexter on the front with a quote from Dexter. In April 2009, Dexter responded to a Health Network survey question on the Canada Health Act by writing, ‘The NDP was long proposed legislative approval of the principles of the Canada Health Act’.
“We want the NDP to stand with their history of being the party to first create Medicare,” says Buott.
The Network has organized actions to get postcards signed in various communities around Nova Scotia this weekend including Bridgewater, Kingston, Kentville, Inverness, Glace Bay, Halifax and Dartmouth. The first print run of 2000 postcards has already been distributed to activists on the ground and other communities will act to get the postcards signed when the second print run is ready.
“We want to show the NDP that there is a wide range of support for legislation that protects public health care,” says Buott.
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For more information please contact:
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.