By Tyler Sutherland
Two rallies are planned today outside the Winnipeg offices of Conservative MPs to call for a new federal Health Accord.
CUPE, which represents approximately 8,000 health care support workers across Manitoba, says once the existing Health Accord expires, the province stands to lose $1.3 billion from health care funding over the next 10 years.
The 10-year agreement expires today and the federal government has yet to negotiate a new deal with the provinces.
“The expiration of the Health Accord puts our system of public health care at risk,” said CUPE Manitoba president Kelly Moist. “Canadians value public health care and we expect the government to protect it.”
Members will demonstrate outside the officers of Elmwood — Transcona MP Lawrence Toet’s office and Charleswood — St. James — Assiniboia MP Steven Fletcher’s office from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.