Kelowna group points pressure at Harper

Local chapter of Council of Canadians to stage protest Wednesday about federal funding for health care.

  • Jul. 17, 2012 4:00 p.m.

The state of health care has been a significant issue in the U.S. election campaign.

Now a Kelowna group is participating in a nation-wide campaign to draw attention to federal government funding of Medicare.

The Kelowna chapter of the Council of Canadians will join health care professionals, pro-medicare allies, health coalitions, and citizens’ groups across Canada in a national day of action in support of a 2014 health accord.

In December 2011, the federal government announced that it would cut the health care budget by $31 billion from 2017 to 2024. Since then, the Harper government has walked away from the negotiating table.

Without both federal and provincial/territorial parties negotiating a 2014 Health Accord, medicare in Canada will suffer, argues the Council of Canadians.

The next meeting on the health accord will take place July 25 to 27 at the Council of the Federation meeting with only the first ministers at the table.

The protest on Wednesday is intended to send a message to the premiers—bring Harper back to the negotatiating table.

The Council of the Federation meeting could be the last time the first ministers meet to discuss medicare before the 2014 accord is finalized.

The Kelowna chapter of the Council of Canadians have organized a red umbrella flashmob and rally with the Raging Grannies to get the attention of B.C. Premier Christy Clark on Wednesday at west entrance to Capri Mall, 5 p.m.

Kelowna Capital News