Media advisory - CHC kicks off Canada-wide blitz to keep health care public

    National campaign targets NB Health Minister, CMA president: Canadians
    don't want for-profit health care

    MONCTON, NB, April 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The launch of a Canada-wide campaign
to keep health care public will take place in New Brunswick - a province whose
health minister is threatening to open the door to privatized, for-profit
health care. The campaign will then take its message across the country,
challenging the president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Robert
Ouellet, to stop misleading Canadians about private, for-profit health care.
    The campaign, organized by the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC), will be
launched at a news conference in Moncton, NB on April 15, 2009.
    The national campaign opener will take direct aim at the province's
Minister of Health Mike Murphy, challenging him to keep the province's health
care system public. The New Brunswick health minister is looking at ways to
introduce privatized, for-profit health care to the province.
    "We chose to launch our national campaign in New Brunswick because it is
a province that is teetering on the brink of privatizing parts of its health
care system. The majority of Canadians - and New Brunswickers - want our
public health care system improved, not turned into for-profit, privatized
care where people pay more ... and get less. They want a health care system
that is fair and equitable - a system that reflects our Canadian values and
doesn't feed on disparity," said Michael McBane, spokesperson for the national
    On-hand to kick-off the national campaign - and to offer to meet with New
Brunswick's health minister to discuss public, made-in-Canada solutions to
improve health care - will be Toronto-based health policy analyst, Dr. Michael
Rachlis, a leading expert on the Canadian health care system. Linda Silas, RN,
President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions will also be in
attendance. As well, campaign materials will be unveiled.
    The news conference will be followed by two town hall meetings, one in
Moncton, NB with Dr. Rachlis and Linda Silas that evening and the other in
Bathurst, NB on April 16th, featuring guest speaker Dr. Saideh Khadir,
president of Quebec Doctors for Medicare.

                       News Conference Details:

                       Date:     Wednesday, April 15, 2009
                       Time:     10 a.m.
                       Location: Moncton Lion's Community Centre
                                 473 St. George Street
                                 Moncton, NB

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Claude Basque, New Brunswick contact,
(506) 862-9182; Michael McBane, national campaign contact, (613) 277-6295

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