07 Feb Media Release: Tories confuse public engagement with partisan politics

Wednesday, 06 February 2008

Tories confuse public engagement on health care with partisan politics

Halifax, NS – The Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia has continued its smear campaign against the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“Instead of addressing the real issues facing health care in this province, the Tories are playing dirty politics,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “In light of the potential impacts of the recent Corpus Sanchez report, now is the time for real discussion and debate on the direction of our public health care system with broad public engagement, not petty partisan attacks.”

The Network is a coalition of 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 Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network advocates for protecting and advancing public health care, and does not base it’s health care issues commentary on which political party is putting them forward.” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “The political stripe of our members is of no concern to us as long as they believe in publicly-funded, publicly-delivered health care.”

The Tories recent media releases seem to indicate that they are fearful of community participation on health care issues.

“These attacks are an attempt to stop citizens from engaging in the political process around health care issues,” says Buott. “The Tories are refusing to discuss the actual concerns we have raised about their direction for the public health care system and are resorting to dirty partisan attacks.”

“The Health Network will not be intimidated by smear tactics and we will be continuing our organizing drive into North and Central Nova Scotia,” says Buott. “Individuals interested in helping fight privatization should contact our provincial office at (902) 406-9422.”

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
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 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.