Tens of Thousands of People – Rallying Together – Can Make A Big Difference
A Statement from Natalie Mehra, Ontario Health Coalition
Posted October 22nd, 2018 on Niagara At Large
“I am hearing from many corners of the province that a rally or an action won’t work. It won’t change anything.
“This is not objectively true, and it is really dangerous thinking. In truth, we have saved dozens and dozens of local services and even entire hospitals through political action and advocacy.
“We have won amendments in the public interest to virtually every piece of health care legislation in the last 18 years or more.
“We helped to force the Mike Harris government turn the corner on cuts and re-invest in public hospitals and public services in the late 1990s — yes, the mass movements did actually force a rollback of those policies.
“We have stopped privatization over and over again and we have rolled back user fees and expanded public medicare.
“Bringing ten thousand people to Queen’s Park, inviting the political party leaders to come and address the crowd; these things guarantee that the pressure is felt in the Legislature in a way that will not be ignored.
“The fact that all political parties had to commit to dealing with the hospital overcrowding and long-term care crises…the fact that they are afraid to openly advocate privatization…these are a result of our work (both the Health Coalition and our members and allies).
“We do change things for the better, all the time. Please, never believe it cannot be done, or we will succumb to defeatism and reduced expectations and we will lose the great gains in social justice and standard of living for so many.”
- Natalie Mehra . Executive Director
We need each and every one of you that is able to come to be at the Rally for Public Health Care this Tuesday, October 23rd at Queen’s Park at 12 pm.
See you there!
~ Protecting Public Medicare for All ~
For Niagara area residents interested in attending this Tuesday’s October 23rd rally at Queen’s Park, and for information on free bus transportation to the event, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/10/22/thousands-to-rally-for-health-care-at-ontario-legislature/ .
The Ontario Health Coalition is comprised of a Board of Directors, committees of the Board as approved in the Coalition’s annual Action Plan, Local Coalitions, member organizations and individual members. Currently the Ontario Health Coalition represents more than 400 member organizations and a network of Local Health Coalitions and individual members.
Our primary goal is to protect and improve our public health care system. We work to honour and strengthen the principles of the Canada Health Act. We are led by our shared commitment to core values of equality, democracy, social inclusion and social justice; and by the five principles of the Act: universality; comprehensiveness; portability; accessibility and public administration. We are a non-profit, non-partisan public interest activist coalition and network.
To learn more about the Ontario Health Coalition and its public advocacy work, click on – www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
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