A Unifor delegation handed nearly 35,000 signed petition cards to Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins before a press conference this afternoon, asking him to hand the cards over to Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott at a meeting of federal and provincial health ministers tomorrow.
"We present these cards to you, and ask that you pass them on to Minister Philpott to underline the importance and urgency of health care funding," Katha Fortier, Unifor Assistant to the President, said to Hoskins as she handed over several Unifor bags filled with postcards.
Hoskins promised to pass the cards along.
“I want to thank you for your commitment to Canada’s health care system,” Hoskins said. “I think I might have even signed one of these cards.”
Unifor health care members circulated the cards in support of four key demands: a national public drug program; sufficient federal and provincial funding for high-quality acute care, home care and long-term care; a senior's strategy to care for our aging population; protection and enforcement the Canada Health Act.