Ontario Health Coalition Director Stands Up for Quality Public Health Care at ‘People Vs. Conservative Cuts Rally in Niagara Falls

News from the Ontario Health Coalition, a province-wide advocacy group for public health care

Posted February 26th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra address huge rally in Niagara Falls, Ontario on February 22nd

On Saturday February 22 at the Ontario PC Policy Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario Premier Doug Ford delivered a tone-deaf speech, calling for a standing ovation for Minister of Education Stephen Lecce, saying they are doing a great job on health care, and crowing about expanding privatized liquor and beer.

Most of this was a rehash of his election stump speech. Weirdly, he conflated the thousands outside protesting his cuts and privatization of vital public services with the Liberals of Kathleen Wynne, blaming the protesters outside for “running the province into the ground”.

This is despite the fact that the public sector has had wage freezes and/or real dollar cuts for 7 of the last 12 years, and it is corporate and income tax cuts benefiting the wealthy that have reduced Ontario’s funding for public services to dead bottom of the country.

On Saturday, February 22nd, Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition addressed the crowd of thousands protesting outside of the policy conference.

Click on the link below to watch an excerpt of her address –https://www.cp24.com/video?clipId=1906834&fbclid=IwAR36T6VQxZhBpLdcdOoKaiiiDhKKiuepjv46TlgRiQQwMvSwfimfPX_djJo

The tour of our *Caring in Crisis* report. To read it, click on –<https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/wp-content/uploads/final-PSW-report-for-tour.pdf>

Visit the Ontario Health Coalition’s Website by clicking on – <https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/>, under OHC in the news.

We are on the front-line of protecting our local health care services.

Please help to save these services and improve public health care for all.

About the Ontario Health Coalition – The Ontario Health Coalition represents more than 400 member organizations and a network of Local Health Coalitions and individual members. Our members include: seniors’ groups; patients’ organizations; unions; nurses and health professionals’ organizations; physicians and physician organizations that support the public health system; non-profit community agencies; student groups; ethnic and cultural organizations; residents’ and family councils; retirees; poverty and equality-seeking groups; women’s organizations, and others.

Please donate now! <http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/donate-now/>

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THIS NEXT ONE IS A MUST READ. For an ever-growing list the Ontario Health Coalition has compiled on the Ford Government’s cuts to health care services across the province so far, click on – https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/update-mounting-health-care-cuts/

A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter/publisher Doug Draper –

Doug Ford – For the people?

Did you vote for Doug Ford through any of his Conservatives running in the spring 2018 provincial electon?

If you did, please don’t start complaining to the rest of us now about  cuts you should have known this government was going to make to your health care services.

You should have known this was coming. Those of us who voted for candidates other than Ford’s certainly did.

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