First printing gone in 9 days - shows book's message more important than ever, says CFNU

    OTTAWA, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Medicare's vision and values continue to
resonate loudly with the public says the Canadian Federation of Nurses' Unions
    All copies of the first printing of Conversations with Champions of
Medicare, launched in Moncton on August 8, 2007, are gone after only nine
    "No matter what you may have heard in the media lately," says CFNU
President Linda Silas, RN, "Canada's 135,000 unionized nurses know that our
publicly-funded, publicly-administered health care system remains the top
priority of Canadians and remains the best guarantee of universally accessible
health care. All of the evidence supports this."
    Conversations with Champions of Medicare, by journalist Ann Silversides,
offers an inspirational look at the past, present and future of our
publicly-funded, publicly-delivered health care system and reminds us what we
are risking when discussing privatization. The Medicare champions include the
Honourable Monique Bégin, the Honourable Allan Blakeney, Kathleen Connors,
Shirley Douglas, Tom Kent, the Honourable Roy Romanow, Dr. Hugh Scully,
Evelyn Shapiro, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
    "These are the visionaries of our health care system," says Linda Silas.
"It is prudent that all Canadians follow their example of commitment and
dedication in preserving and expanding public health care. We cannot allow
health care to become a privilege of the wealthy; it must continue to be a
right for all."
    To reserve a copy of Conversations with Champions of Medicare, please
call CFNU's office at 1-800-321-9821 or download a copy from

For further information:

For further information: Linda Silas, RN, CFNU President, (613) 859-4314
(cell); Teresa Neuman, Acting Director of Communications and Campaigns, CFNU,
(613) 292-9106 (cell)

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