Paying Tribute to Our Front-line Paramedics and Communications Officers at the onset of Paramedic Services Week in Canada

“Throughout this pandemic, paramedics have shown up for Canadians, and they have  shown us the very best of courage, compassion, and dedication. And we’re determined to be there for them too.”                                                                                              – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

A Statement from Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

Posted May 24th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today(this May 24th)  issued the following statement on Paramedic Services Week, which runs from May 24 to 30:

Niagara Region’s Parademics have been their, doing their job with courage, throughout these perilous times. Photo courtesy of Niagara Region

“Today marks the start of Paramedic Services Week. It’s a time for all of us to celebrate and thank the women and men on the front lines of our healthcare system.

“Across the country, more than 40,000 paramedics and communications officers  stand ready to help Canadians in need. Day in and day out, they answer our calls for help and put themselves in harm’s way to save lives. And this year, we’re particularly grateful for their sacrifice and their service in the face of COVID-19. So to all the paramedics across Canada: thank you.

“Throughout this pandemic, paramedics have shown up for Canadians, and they have  shown us the very best of courage, compassion, and dedication. And we’re determined to be there for them too. We will continue to do everything we can to support them during this difficult time. Because it’s by being there for one another that we’ll get through this crisis.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I thank all paramedics for their service and for the incredible work they do every single day.”

For more information, click on – <https://www.paramedicchiefs.ca/paramedic-services-week-2020/>.

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

Lest we forget, it was just a year ago that Ontario’s Ford government cut the province’s funding to paramedic services across the province, placing more of the cost burden for these essential services on municipalities and those of us who pay property taxes,

Now, Premier Doug Ford and his government are portraying  parademics and their support staff as “front-line heroes,“ risking their health providing an “essential service” during these perilous, plague-ridden times.

Well , then Mr. Premier start providing adequate funding for their services rather than take away from them so you can give your wealthy part supporters – the ones that show up at those $1,000-plus a plate Tory fund-raising dinners – another tax cut!

Stop downloading more cost burdens on municipal taxpayers.

To read more on the Ford cuts to pandemic and related health care services, click on – https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/releasefords-ambulance-and-public-health-cuts-and-restructuring-come-with-high-costs-reduced-services-coalition-warns/

Also this, from the union representing many of Ontario’s paramedics – https://cupe.ca/face-dire-funding-cuts-ontario-paramedics-ask-will-there-be-ambulance-available-when-you-need-one

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